Loras welcomes five new coaches

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Loras College Director of Athletics Denise Udelhofen recently announced the hiring of four new assistant coaches to the department. Additionally, Udelhofen accepted the resignation of associate head men’s basketball coach Buddy Sodemann and assistant women’s basketball coach Jamie Majerowicz.

Former Loras soccer All-American Kevin Cavers returns to the Key City as an assistant coach for both the men’s and women’s soccer programs. During his time as a Duhawk, Cavers helped Loras to four trips to the NCAA Tournament, including two appearances in the Final Four, four regular season IIAC Championships and three IIAC Tournament Championships. Cavers was a three-time First Team All-Iowa Conference honoree, two-time All-American, two-time All-Region selection and two-time Iowa Conference MVP.

As a result of receiving the NCAA Ethnic Minority and Women’s Internship Grant, Jenna Sullivan has been hired as Assistant Director of Athletic Communications/Assistant Women’s Volleyball Coach. A 2015 graduate of Saint Mary’s University in Winona, Minn., Sullivan was a four-year member of the Cardinals volleyball team, appearing in 80 matches and recording 489 kills. Prior to her hire, Sullivan volunteered as an assistant coach with the men’s volleyball program at Loras under the direction of Jeremy Thornburg.

After a four-year career at Loras that included time as a volleyball and track and field student-athlete, Kati Wubben entered into the world of strength training and returns to Loras as the assistant strength and conditioning coach under Josh Edwards. Wubben brings with her experience at the Division I level after internships with Clemson University and Texas A&M University. While an undergraduate student at Loras, Wubben worked with Edwards for three and a half years as a strength and conditioning intern.

Head men’s basketball coach Chris Martin will be joined on the bench in his first season by Gabe Miller, who joins the staff as Martin’s top assistant coach. A former NCAA Division III student-athlete himself at Anderson University in Indiana, Miller comes to Loras after two seasons as the assistant coach at Judson University in Elgin, Ill. While at Anderson, Miller helped the Ravens to a conference championship and appearance in the NCAA Tournament. In addition, Miller was a two-time All-Conference selection and ranks in the top-10 all-time in career assists and steals. Miller will also serve as the head men’s golf coach during the fall and spring seasons.

Coming fresh off a two-year graduate assistantship at UW-Platteville, Brit Kent returns to her alma mater as the primary assistant for the women’s basketball program. During her time at Loras, Kent was an All-Conference selection and appeared in 106 games, averaging 7.4 points per game and was a 39.5 percent shooter from the floor. Following her playing career, Kent was a volunteer assistant for Justin Heinzen during the 2013–14 season in which Loras won the IIAC Regular Season Championship and Tournament Championship and advanced to the NCAA Tournament. In addition to her duties as assistant women’s basketball coach, Kent will also serve as the head women’s golf coach.

Sodemann’s time with the Duhawks comes to an end after four seasons as the primary assistant for the men’s basketball program and three seasons as the head men’s golf coach. During Sodemann’s tenure, Loras reached the Iowa Conference tournament twice and welcomed Mirko Grcic to the 1,000-point club. A native of Chesterfield, Mo., Sodemann returns to the St. Louis area where he takes over as the boys’ basketball head coach for Northwest High School in Cedar Hill, Mo.

In two seasons at Loras with Majerowicz as the top women’s assistant coach, the Duhawks were home to two Iowa Conference Defensive Player of the Year selections and won the IIAC Tournament in 2016 before advancing to the NCAA Tournament for the third time in program history. In addition to her role with the women’s basketball program, Majerowicz also served as the head women’s golf coach. A former NCAA Division II student-athlete at Winona State, Majerowicz returns to Minnesota as the primary assistant at Bemidji State University under Chelsea DeVille.