The men's basketball program has experienced some success in their first 2 seasons in the ACAC, but finished just 1 position out of the playoffs both years. They look to make the jump into the playoffs this year led by some strong returning players and experienced transfers. Look for the Lions to increase pressure and pace to utilize their athleticism as they push for their first playoff appearance in the highly competitive ACAC south division!
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Neil Nystrom is currently in the third year as the Head Coach for the Ambrose University Men’s Basketball Team. He was able to lead the Lions to their first ACAL championship in 2014, where he was also awarded the first of two ACAL Coach of the Year awards. 2015 saw him guide them to an ACAL silver. Nystrom coached another ACAL team in Edmonton at Taylor University. He has experience coaching for different clubs within Calgary, including NSD (National Sports Development), Calgary Selects, and CBA (Calgary Basketball Association) while also coaching at many camps and clinics including Crossover Sports Camps, Athletes In Action, and NBC Camps. Nystrom was a master teacher for NBC, coaching in Alaska, Oregon, Washington state and Alberta, and he has taken a Canadian tour team to the British Isles with NBC. He has also coached high school basketball for 6 years in Calgary.
Neil played basketball for 2 years at Briercrest in the ACAC. He was captain of his team in his second year where he also received an academic all-conference award.
Jordan Schmidt is a certified personal trainer through the Canadian Society of Exercise Physiology (CSEP) since 2007, as well as a member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). She holds a BSc in Exercise Physiology, a Masters of Teaching in Physical Education and has been working with athletes for over 10 years, ranging from junior high to collegiate athletes. She is currently the Strength and Conditioning Coach for all athletes at Ambrose University, as well as the Assistant Coach for the women's basketball team.
Outside of training athletes, Jordan spends time with her husband Jason, and two young daughters. Charlie is three and Sydney is one and a half.