St. Ambrose University - Lacrosse

Fighting Bees Staff

Garret Wimberly

Men's & Women's Head Coach

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.


James Vandenbrink

Men's Assistant Coach

James Vandenbrink joined the SAU men's lacrosse coaching staff in 2016 as the Offensive Coordinator.

Born and raised in Lake Oswego, Ore., Vandenbrink was a four-year varsity player at Lake Oswego High School and played for Bradys Bunch Club team.

He received an athletic scholarship to play at NCAA Division II Shorter University, where he tallied 83 career points.

Vandenbrink has more than six years of coaching experience. He is the former varsity coach at Lake Oswego High School and also served as an assistant coach with 3D Lacrosse Oregon and Whales Lacrosse.

The son of Ellen and Rick Vandenbrink, James graduated from Shorter University with a degree in Business Administration in 2016. He is currently pursuing his Master's Degree in Organizational Leadership from St. Ambrose.


Kelley Molloy

Women's Assistant Coach

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).

She now continues her coaching career at St. Ambrose by assisting Head Coach Garrett Wimberly at St. Ambrose.