Concordia Men’s Basketball Coach Ken Ammann Receives Harry Statham Award

Tuesday, December 07, 2021

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(Orange County Register)

Concordia University Irvinemen’s basketball coach Ken Ammann received the prestigious Harry Statham Coach of Impact Award — an award he was chosen to receive in April 2020.

The annual award is presented by Small College Basketball and honors head coaches at the small college level who have used the power of the coaching platform to make a positive impact on others. In particular, the award highlights coaches who display high character and integrity while serving as excellent role models.

The award is named after NAIA Basketball Hall of Fame coach Harry Statham, who won more than 1,100 games in 52 seasons at McKendree University in Lebanon, Illinois. The presentation, which was part of an annual awards banquet in Kansas City, Missouri, was going to be held last year but was delayed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I’m so glad I was able to go out there and be there in person,” Ammann said. “Small College Basketball has a new documentary coming out on how small college basketball (programs) has influenced our society over the last 100 years with social change and it’s great to be a part of that. Some former NBA players and Olympians were in this class that was inducted and even Hall of Fame coaches like Jerry Sloan. It was cool to be a part of it.”

“Harry Statham is one of the classiest coaches I’ve ever seen,” Ammann added. “We were fortunate enough to compete against each other in the NAIA Final Four in 2004 and he was such a great role model of how to win and lose with class. To be chosen for an award with his name on it – it means a lot.”

Ammann, who played at Edison High and Stanford, has led Concordia to 486 wins in his two decades with the program. The Eagles have won at least 20 games in 16 of Ammann’s first 20 seasons. In addition to winning two NAIA national championships (2003 and 2012), the Eagles have been the NAIA runner-up twice under Ammann.

Concordia made the NCAA Division II West Regional tournament for the first time in school history in 2019 and has won multiple PacWest Conference Tournament games since moving up from NAIA to NCAA Division II.

Concordia University is a silver-level Leaders Circle partner of the Greater Irvine Chamber.

Photo courtesy of Concordia University Athletics.

Category: Education Excellence, Greater Irvine Chamber, Leaders Circle, Concordia University, Irvine