Concordia Eagles
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Ken Ammann
Head Coach
12th Season


The longest tenured coach at Concordia at the beginning of his 12th year, Ken Ammann has turned Concordia basketball into a longstanding NAIA power throughout his first decade at the program's helm. Ammann finished the 2011-12 season 31-7 en route to winning the NAIA Men's Basketball National Championship, the second of his career. He was named the 2011-2012 NAIA Coach of the Year, his second such award.  He is a four-time GSAC Coach of the Year honoree.  Ammann's squads have won five of the last six GSAC Championships.

He has coached 14 NAIA All-Americans, 10 NAIA All-Tournament members, four Charles Stevenson Hustle Award winners, one NAIA Player of the Year, four GSAC Player of the Year winners, and 18 All-GSAC honorees. 

For a program that had experienced just eight winning campaigns since its inception in 1981, Ammann has won at least 21 games in 10 of his 11 seasons, including four 30-win seasons. He has led the Eagles to the NAIA Championship game four times in the last eight seasons.

Ammann coached 2011 NAIA National Player of the Year Justin Johnson from 2009-11, as Johnson became the first-ever player from the GSAC to earn the prestigious honor. In 2012, Cameron Gliddon received the Chuck Taylor Most Valuable Player Award and Dakota Downs earned the Charles Stevenson Hustle Award for their performance at the National Championships.

Ammann's teams have advanced to the national tournament six times in a row and nine times in the last ten years, starting in 2003, when the Eagles became the first—and currently, the only—GSAC team to win the NAIA national title.

When Ammann joined the Concordia staff in June, 2001, he had only three returners from a 2001 squad that finished seventh in the GSAC with an overall record of 13-18. Ammann quickly righted the ship, as the team earned 21 victories in his first season and followed up with a GSAC record 36 wins en route to the program's first-ever national title in 2003.

The 36-4 record gave Concordia the most wins at any level of college basketball during the particular season and surpassed the previous Concordia single-season wins record by 11 victories. Ammann was also named NAIA Men's Basketball Coach of the Year, the first such award in school history.

Ammann's 2002-03 team also received the Emil S. Liston Sportsmanship Award as a compliment to the national title.

Prior to Ammann's arrival, Concordia had amassed just three 20-win seasons in the previous 21 years of the program's existence.

A product of Edison High School in Huntington Beach, Ammann played two years of collegiate hoops at Stanford, where he averaged 12 points per game and started every game, graduating in 1991.

Ammann, who played at Cal State Bakersfield and Santa Ana College in his freshman and sophomore years, respectively, transferred to Stanford, where he earned Academic All-American honors and was named to the Dean's List.

Prior to his time at Concordia, Ammann served as an assistant coach at San Jose State (1993-94), Canada College (1995-96), Pepperdine (1997-99) and GSAC rival Azusa Pacific (2000-01).

Ammann earned his bachelor's in psychology at Stanford and holds a master's from San Jose State in the same field, which was conferred in 1994.

Ammann and his wife, Marina, live in Tustin and have five children, Madelyn (19), Frank (18), Jourden (17), Andrew (16) and Tyler (9).

2012-13 Roster
#NameCl.Pos.Ht.Wt.HometownPrevious School
RSDonnell Phifer*SRPG5-9175Los Angeles, CACitrus College
RSAustin Rouk*FRF6-3155Irvine, CAWoodbridge HS
RSTommy Stangl*JRPG5-9175La Habra Heights, CALoyola University, New Orleans
3Peter SmithSRG5-11155Escondido, CAUniversity of San Francisco
5Nolan AbernathyJRPG6-1190La Verne, CACitrus College
10DeLaun FrazierSOPG5-9185Oxnard, CAOxnard HS
12Jywrell WilsonSRG6-2170San Diego, CANorthern Arizona
21Tyler HickertSOF6-6225Bunbury, AustraliaNeosho County CC
22Tim HarrisJRSG6-3205San Jose, CASaint Mary's College
23Alex RuddSRSG6-4185Gilbert, AZMesa CC
24Brandon HucksSRPF6-5210Long Beach, CAIrvine Valley CC
25Josiah BroadwayJRSG6-1180Lancaster, CAAntelope Valley Christian HS
34Dakota DownsSRPF6-6225Hemet, CAMt. San Jacinto CC
44Lucas SimpsonFRPF6-7190Devonport, AustraliaDon College
* Redshirt
Ken Ammann - Head Coach - 12th season
Brett Lauer - Assistant Coach - 2nd season
Don Frank - Assistant Coach - 9th season
Patrick Johnson - Assistant Coach - 1st season
Troy Nielsen - Assistant Coach - 1st season