John Lamanna • Head Men's Basketball Coach
John Lamanna is entering his second year as Director of Athletics at Ave Maria University and third as the head men's basketball coach. Lamanna was named the interim Director of Athletics August 2016 with the interim tag for the position being removed on in January 2017.
Since the men's basketball's inaugural season in 2009, this past season marked the eighth year of full NAIA Division II membership for Ave Maria. Lamanna is no stranger to working with a transitioning program. Prior to Ave Maria, Lamanna lead the men’s basketball program at NCAA Division III program Franciscan University as its first Head Men’s Basketball Coach at the NCAA level. Prior to his four-year stint at Franciscan, Lamanna assisted the University of California, Davis (UC Davis) in the transition from NCAA Division II to NCAA Division I competition. With the renewed focus of athletics at AMU, Lamanna is excited about the rare opportunity that coaching basketball at Ave Maria presents.
Since Lamanna’s arrival to Ave Maria, the program has been going through its own conversion. “We are establishing who AMU Basketball is and not just what we stand for, but how do we bring Christ to others through our actions.” Lamanna continues, “This group of young men who are committed to the mission of the university, are trail blazers in this new area of athletics here at Ave Maria. It is this group of student-athletes who have committed themselves to the quest of making Ave Maria University a premier collegiate basketball program at the NAIA Division II level.”
Micahel Wright • Assistant Men's Basketball Coach
Megan Becker • Head Women's Basketball Coach
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