Garrett Wimberly was announced as the head men's and women's lacrosse coach at St. Ambrose University on Sept. 1, 2016.
Wimberly, the 2013 Deep South Conference Coach of the Year while at the University of Memphis, joined the Bees after serving as a volunteer assistant with the VMI lacrosse program in 2016.
After playing for the University of Memphis club program as a goalie and midfielder from 2008-11, Wimberly started his coaching career at his former high school, St. Benedict at Auburndale in Memphis, Tenn. He took the school to its first state championship game appearance in 2012 as the team finished as runners-up in the TSLA Division 2.
Wimberly then returned to the University of Memphis to guide the men's club program. He transitioned the team into the Deep South Conference and helped the team earn back-to-back winning seasons in 2013 and 2014 while earning his conference coach of the year award.
He was the head coach at Houston High School in Germantown, Tenn., in 2013 before returning to St. Benedict in 2014 to become the boys and girls head lacrosse coach.
Wimberly takes over a St. Ambrose men's program that has qualified for the postseason in two of its three years. The Bees joined the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference (KCAC) this summer as an associate member in men's lacrosse. He will also begin building a women's program that will start play in the spring of 2018.
Wimberly graduated from the University of Memphis with a degree in Education, Sports and Leisure Management in 2011.
Born and raised in Lake Oswego Oregon. Son of Ellen and Rick Vandenbrink. Former varsity coach at Lake Oswego High School where James spent most of his time learning about the game of lacrosse. James was a 4 year Varsity player at Lake Oswego and played for Bradys Bunch Club team.
James received an Athletic Scholarship to play at NCAA D2 Shorter University. At Shorter James tallied 83 career points.
James also serves as an Assistant Coach with 3d Oregon and Whales Lacrosse.
James graduated from Shorter College with a degree in Business Administration in 2016. He is currently seeking him Master’s Degree from St. Ambrose in Organizational Leadership.
Quinn Coyle joined the St. Ambrose men's lacrosse coaching staff in 2017-18. A four-year starter with the Bees, Coyle ended his career as the program's all-time leader in goals, assists and points. He returns to the program to assist Coach Vanderbrink with the Offense. A graduate from Brother Rice High School in Chicago, Coyle is finishing his studies at SAU in Sport Management.
A four-year starter with the Bees, Alex Burton joined the coaching staff in 2017-18. Burton led the SAU defense as a leader on and off the field. He graduated from St. Ambrose in the spring of 2017 with a Bachelors in Criminal Justice. He is currently continuing his education at St. Ambrose to receive his Masters degree in Criminal Justice.
Kelly Molloy joined the St. Ambrose Women’s Lacrosse team in November 2016.
Molloy grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and attended Glenbard West High School. This is also where she was introduced to the sport of lacrosse, a fairly new sport for the Midwest at the time.
Molloy played all four years of high school and was then recruited by Augustana College in Rock Island, Ill., to join their up-and-coming women’s varsity team, coached by Sara Tisdale. Molloy started at Augustana in the fall of 2011 and continued her lacrosse career for two and a half years. Augustana went 15-3 their inaugural season and continued to join the Midwest Women’s Lacrosse Conference the following year.
Augustana became conference champions in 2013 and then proceeded to make history as the first MWLC team to claim a spot in the NCAA tournament. Augustana ended their season in the Sweet 16 facing Trinity College (Connecticut). For Molloy, a highlight of this journey was to be a part of such a successful team and to build the reputation of the program.
Throughout high school and college, Molloy participated in many coaching opportunities for youth lacrosse. She had coached for IGLA (Illinois Girls Lacrosse Association), Naperville North High School, and now for QCLA (Quad City Lacrosse Association).
Claire Sheahan has been named an Assistant Coach for the Queen Bees for the 2017-2018 season.
Coach Sheahan grew up on the South Side of Chicago and attended Mother McAuley Liberal Arts High School. During her freshman year, lacrosse was added as a new club sport at McAuley. She played all four years of high school lacrosse as a goalie and also played for various club lacrosse teams, such as Lakeshore Lacrosse and Cool Sticks. From there she was recruited by Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa, to play on their women's lacrosse team.
After playing two seasons at Loras College, Sheahan transferred to St. Ambrose University. There she worked with a former teammate, Jill Carlson, to start the Women's Lacrosse Club at SAU in 2016.
Sheahan graduated from St. Ambrose University with a Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice in 2017 and is currently working towards pursuing her Master's in the same field at SAU.
"Adding Claire will bring a lot of great experience and knowledge to the program," SAU head lacrosse coach Garrett Wimberly said. "Being a graduate of St. Ambrose, Claire knows the University better than anyone. Her connections in Chicago will also be a huge asset to the program. Claire will work with the goalies and defense while also serving as recruiting coordinator."