Concordia University Cardinals
Concordia University Cardinals
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2015-16 Men's Basketball
Record: 0-0 Home: 0-0 Away: 0-0 Neutral: 0-0 WHAC: 0-0
Coaches
Ricky Yahn Image

Ricky Yahn enters his third season at Concordia University. He was named the 12th head men’s basketball coach on May 12, 2013. In just two seasons, Yahn already has the sixth most wins (31-31, 24-20 WHAC) in CUAA history, and only Walt Harting (1974-1980) has a higher winning percentage (.551) on the Cardinal sideline.

 

Since taking over the program, Yahn has coached two 1st Team All-WHAC players in John Schaeffer (2014) and Andrew Patrick (2015) as well as a three-time All-WHAC Honorable Mention player, Josh Fugate. Those three all finished their careers among the school’s all-time scoring leaders as well, with Schaeffer (1,626) in 6th, Fugate (1,387) in 8th, and Patrick (1,118) in 16th

 

Concordia has also experienced much team success under Yahn. The Cardinals’ 2014-2015 campaign was one of the most successful seasons in school history. Despite being picked to finish 9th in the pre-season poll, CUAA finished tied for 4th with a 14-8 record in the WHAC. Concordia actually held on to first place in the WHAC for over a month, including a 78-69 victory over the eventual national champions, Cornerstone. Other signature wins during the season included an 81-76 OT win over Northwestern Ohio, who finished the season ranked 22nd, and a 52-49 victory against Concordia Nebraska in the CIT championship. The Cardinals set or tied school records for: wins (18), WHAC wins (14), consecutive wins (8) and best start (12-4). Concordia also ended the regular season with the 24th best scoring defense in NAIA Division II, allowing just 67.8 points per game.

 

For the second season in a row, CUAA set a new high for the most wins over a four year period. The 2015 class collected 60 wins over their four years in Red and White, topping the 59 wins of the 2014 class.

 

The Cardinals have also continued to excel in the classroom. In 2013-2014, the Cardinals placed John Schaeffer, Aaron Olsen and Josh Fugate on the WHAC All-Academic team, with Schaeffer and Fugate named academic All-Americans. Fugate was a repeat selection on the WHAC All-Academic team in 2014-2015 along with Tyler Smith and Joe Remstad; Smith and Remstad took home academic All-American status as well. 

 

Prior to becoming the head coach at Concordia, Yahn was an assistant coach at Cornell University and Longwood University, both NCAA Division I schools. He also spent a season as the video coordinator at George Mason University for Jim Larranaga, the 2013 Division I National Coach of the Year. Yahn’s wide range of basketball background prepared him well to take the reins at CUAA. His previous responsibilities included off-campus recruiting, opponent scouting, player development,  and team travel. He also served as the director of the basketball camp’s at Cornell.

 

Yahn also has professional coaching experience with the Birmingham Athletics in England where he served as a player/coach in 2008. He played professionally in both England and Buffalo, New York after a successful playing career at Wheeling Jesuit, an NCAA Division II school. A three-year starter and two-year team captain, Yahn earned first-team All-West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WVIAC) honors during 2006-07 when he earned Team MVP honors as well. He helped Wheeling Jesuit to a pair of NCAA Division II National Tournament appearances, along with WJU’s only WVIAC Tournament Championship in school history in 2005. Yahn finished his collegiate career as the eighth all-time leading scorer at the school with 1,467 career points. He is also WJU's career leader in made 3's.

 

A native of Wheeling, West Virginia, Yahn earned his bachelor of arts degree in psychology from Wheeling Jesuit University in 2007. Yahn comes from a long line of successful basketball coaches from Wheeling, WV. His high school, Wheeling Central has produced the late Skip Prosser (Former Wake Forest & Xavier Head Coach), Dino Gaudio (Former Wake Forest Head Coach), Doug Wojcik (Former College of Charleston Head Coach) and Dave Wojcik (Head Coach, San Jose St) as well as several other Division I assistant coaches. University of Michigan head coach John Beilien is a former Wheeling Jesuit basketball player as well.

 

Yahn was married to the former Lindsey Sun on August 4, 2012 in Buffalo, New York.

 

Ricky Yahn's Coaching Record

Team

Year

W

L

PCT.

WHAC Finish

Concordia

2013-14

13

18

.419

10-12 / 8th

Concordia

2014-15

18

13

..581

14-8 / 4th

Career

3 Seasons

31

31

.500

24-20

 
Kyle Thoms Image

Kyle enters his fourth season with the men's basketball team. Prior to his current position, Thoms was the Vice President of Sales for the Fort Wayne Mad Ants which is a NBA D-League basketball franchise in Fort Wayne, IN. His position with the Mad Ants was a result of a successful internship he completed while a student in CUAA’s Haab School of Business and Management. Thoms is a 2008 graduate of Concordia University - Ann Arbor and was a four year member of the men’s basketball team while being named team captain his final two years. Thoms led the men's team to consecutive winning seasons and back to back Concordia Invitational Tournament Championships in 05-06 and 06-07. He was also Concordia’s representative for the WHAC Champions of Character three years in a row.

In July, Thoms joined CUAA’s Undergraduate Admission’s staff as an Admission Counselor. He works with high school students on the east side of the state and also Indiana. He is currently enrolled in Concordia University - Wisconsin's Master Business Administration program. Coach Thoms is also the Head Junior Varsity Coach for the men's basketball program at Concordia.

 
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Nick Sherwood
Assistant Coach - 3rd Season

Nick Sherwood begins his third season at Concordia as an assistant coach to Ricky Yahn.

A decorated military veteran who served in Operation Iraqi Freedom, Sherwood quickly rose through the high school coaching ranks prior to his arrival at Concordia. Known for his work ethic and leadership, he developed an intimate knowledge of the game forged over years of working in all aspects of the sport.

In addition to Sherwood’s coaching duties he is responsible for all aspects of team travel, coordinating recruiting efforts, and public promotions.

Prior to joining Coach Yahn’s staff Sherwood was the head coach at Ann Arbor Rudolf Steiner. In two seasons as head coach for Steiner, Sherwood led the team to the school’s first Mid-South League Championship, and it’s first ever district championship appearance. Prior to that, Sherwood was freshman head coach and varsity assistant for the Milan Big Reds, who would go on to win a state championship.

Sherwood grew up in Howell, MI and earned his B.S. degree from Eastern Michigan University in History. He and his wife Meagan live in Ann Arbor.

 
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Marv Fox
Player Development Coach - 7th Season
Alma Mater: Concordia University Ann Arbor

Alum, Marv Fox Jr. rejoined the Cardinal coaching staff in 2010.  Fox Jr. played 4 years (2000-2004) for Concordia University - Ann Arbor, while earning a degree in Psychology.  After graduating, Marv went on to work for Concordia in the admissions department.  In addition to working for the University, Coach Fox also joined the men's basketball coaching staff.  After his 2 year tenure at the University, Marv went on to become a performance coach for Velocity Sports Performance (VSP). While working for Concordia University and VSP, Marv exercised his entrepreneurial spirit and created Meticulous Basketball (MB). Meticulous Basketball is an initiative designed to develop the 5 pillars of basketball skills - Moving - Catching - Dribbling - Passing - Scoring.  After 3 years at VSP, Coach Fox took a step on faith and went into business full-time as a basketball skills instructor.  In 2010, Marv rejoined the Concordia men's coaching staff with the expectation to use his background in skill development and performance training to improve upon last year's efforts.  Marv is excited about being able to give back to the players and the University that supported and developed him as a student athlete.
 

 
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Kirk Boettcher
Assistant Coach - 2nd Season
Alma Mater: Washtenaw Community College

Coach Boettcher enters his second season as the Cardinals’ Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach.  Coach Boettcher came to Concordia after being a part of the coaching staff at Ann Arbor Gabriel Richard. Coach Boettcher also serves as CUAA’s Head Women’s Tennis Coach.  Boettcher earned a Liberal Arts Associates Degree from Washtenaw Community College.  He has been married to his wife Kirstin for over 20 years and is a proud parent of Jordanne, Selah, and Ayslinne.

 
 
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