Nystrom Hired as Ambrose Lions Women’s Basketball Head Coach

Nystrom Hired as Ambrose Lions Women’s Basketball Head Coach

Ambrose University and Lions Athletics are proud to announce the appointment of the position of Women’s Basketball Head Coach to Neil Nystrom. 

Nystrom will continue to coach the Ambrose Lions Men’s Basketball Team while adding the role of the Women’s Basketball Head Coach.

After successfully transitioning the Men’s Basketball team from the ACAL, to a competitive team in the ACAC, Nystrom is ready to work at continuing to build the Ambrose Women’s Basketball program.

After seeing continued growth on the Men’s Basketball team, culminating with back-to-back ACAC Playoff appearances, and ultimately finishing a program high in second at this year’s ACAC Championship, Athletic Director, Colin Kubinec commentated that he is thrilled to have Neil leading the Women’s program as well.

“We are very excited to have the excellence that Neil has brought to our men’s basketball team be incorporated into our women’s basketball team as well. Neil has earned the respect of his ACAC peers, knows our University and our mission well, and I believe will build rapport very quickly and a great team culture with the women’s basketball student-athletes.”

After coaching the Men’s Basketball team at Ambrose for the past seven years and winning ACAC South Coach of the Year recognition twice, Nystrom knows what it takes to build a competitive and cohesive team at the ACAC level. While coaching both teams will be a unique challenge, it is an opportunity he explained he is excited to take on.

“I am very excited to be named the new head coach of the women’s basketball program at Ambrose and am looking forward to working with a great group of returners and recruits. Coaching the men’s basketball team here at Ambrose has prepared me well to lead the women’s basketball program to be successful both on and off the court.”

While Nystrom does have experience coaching men with both Ambrose University and Alberta Basketball, he also has many years of experience coaching women’s teams as well. Nystrom founded the Hoopstrength Club Basketball organization which has given him experience coaching as well as running entire programs built for junior high and high school-aged women’s teams.

In speaking about what he envisions for the next season, Nystrom stated, “our team will continue to grow in the success and competitiveness on the court as we build on the foundation laid by previous coaches. This position gives me an opportunity to continue to pour into the holistic development of all our basketball athlete’s which I am very passionate about.”

To inquire more about the Women’s Basketball Team, email Head Coach Neil Nystrom at WomensBasketball@ambrose.edu