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Head Coach Mark Phelps

Coaching Experience

Head Coach Drake University, 2008-present Associate Head Coach Arizona State, 2006-2008 Assistant Coach North Carolina State, 1996-2006 High School Head Coach Atlantic Shores Christian, 1994-1996 Rock Church Academy, 1990-1994


Bachelor of Science, Physical Education Old Dominion University, 1996

In his first year as head coach Mark Phelps guided Drake to its second consecutive postseason tournament, participating in the PostSeasonTournament.

In his first year as head coach at Drake, Mark Phelps guided the Bulldogs to their second consecutive postseason tournament in 2009, marking the first time the Drake basketball program had advanced to post-season play in two consecutive seasons since 1970-71. Phelps was named the 25th men’s head basketball coach at Drake on April 21, 2008, after serving as an associate head coach at Arizona State from 2006-08. Phelps led Drake to a 17-16 record in 2008-09 and an appearance in the inaugural Postseason Tournament. “Mark’s extensive experience as an assistant in the Pac-10 and the ACC, coupled with his commitment to the holistic development of young men, made him the ideal candidate to continue the established success of the Drake Bulldogs,” said Drake Athletics Director Sandy Hatfield Clubb. “Mark was touted as one of the top assistant coaches in college basketball. His character and his demonstrated passion for the game are just two of the many outstanding qualities that attracted us to him. Coach Mark Phelps was a perfect fit for Drake University.”

“Drake’s basketball program is firmly grounded in excellence, integrity, achievement and character, and Mark was just the right person to lead this group of remarkable young men,” said Drake President David Maxwell. “I consider it an honor and privilege to be the head coach at Drake University,” said Phelps. “President Maxwell has fostered a true family environment where the ‘Drake Experience’ is a special one for students, faculty, staff and the entire Drake community. “I have tremendous respect and great appreciation for Sandy Hatfield Clubb and I enjoy working together with her and the entire athletic department to continue the pursuit of excellence for Drake basketball. I could not be more excited about this opportunity.” The Virginia Beach, Va., native had served on the coaching staff at North Carolina State under head coach Herb Sendek from 1996-2006 before joining Sendek at Arizona State in 2006. Phelps, 43, concluded his 20th year as a basketball coach, including 12 years on the collegiate level after a highly successful high school coaching career.

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Head Coach Mark Phelps

Phelps was part of Sendek’s staff that led North Carolina State to a 5339 (.576) record in the Atlantic Coast Conference regular season and tournament play in the final five seasons in Raleigh, N.C. The Wolfpack tied for the second most wins in the ACC from 2001-2002 through the 20052006 season. Phelps joined the North Carolina State staff in 1996, serving as director of basketball operations before becoming assistant coach in 2000. He was promoted to recruiting coordinator, director of scouting and assistant coach with the Wolfpack in 2005. The 1996 Old Dominion graduate joined the North Carolina State program after a highly successful tenure as a high school head coach. Phelps is extremely familiar with successful basketball programs, having coached his way to a 148-53 (.736 winning percentage) overall record during his six years directing a pair of Virginia independent high school teams. Phelps spent two seasons (199596) at Atlantic Shores Christian High School in Chesapeake, Va., where his teams compiled a 44-12 record. His 1996 squad finished 20-3 and set school marks for winning percentage (.870) and fewest losses.

Prior to his tenure at Atlantic Shores, Phelps coached four years at Rock Church Academy and posted a 104-41 record. His teams played in the Metro Conference, where he was twice named Coach of the Year as the Eagles won three straight conference championships. Each of his last five prep teams advanced to the Virginia Independent School State Tournament. Four times, he coached teams to the quarterfinals of the state tournament and twice to the state semifinals. He also served as athletics director at both high schools. Phelps and his wife, Alissa, have a son, Owen, who was born on May 2, 2009.

“The most important part of our program is the people. And the most important people in our program are the players.” -Mark Phelps

“I am grateful for the 12 years Coach Mark Phelps invested on our staff at both NC State and Arizona State and most certainly recognize the wonderful impact he made. Mark will be the consummate CEO for the Drake men’s basketball program. He will represent the university as a perfect gentleman and at the same time lead the basketball program with a true competitive spirit.”

Arizona State head coach Herb Sendek

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“We are excited about our men’s basketball staff. Justin Ohl, Mike Gibson and Kareem Richardson are talented and passionate about the game of basketball and committed to teaching and mentoring young men. “They embrace high standards of excellence and commitment to integrity as pillars in their lives. Corporately, they bring a true understanding of the Drake culture, experience in the Missouri Valley Conference, demonstrated excellence as college players and students, and exposure to the college game at the highest level.”


“The quality of academic programs is a cornerstone to any university and to any student’s college experience. Drake’s reputation in the Midwest and nationally as an exceptional academic university is well documented and supported by the numerous accolades and commendations received from various experts. “This reputation goes hand in hand with a distinguished faculty committed to their profession of ‘teaching’ Drake students in a collaborative, interactive setting that makes the Drake experience refreshingly unique. Drake students leave prepared and empowered to make a meaningful contribution in their particular sphere of influence and provide a quality living for themselves and their families.”


“Des Moines and the Drake community continue to pleasantly surprise me on a regular basis. So far I have found it to be a terrific place to live, mainly due to the genuine hospitality of the people in the community. Alissa and I continue to feel welcomed by the genuine sense of family of both the city and university; and we have quickly come to call Iowa, Des Moines and the Drake community home!”


“The Missouri Valley is the most revered mid-major conference in the country. Its collective passion, tradition, and fan support remind me of the leagues I have been associated with as an assistant coach. The universities, coaches, players and fans are of the highest quality. The Valley is at the top of the so called “mid-major” ladder and year in and year out is known for being a major player on the national scene in the post season. I feel fortunate and proud to be part of such an elite community.”


“There are so many reasons why Drake is an exceptional place to experience the college years. There is a demonstrated corporate commitment to excellence by the entire Drake community that makes it possible for our young men to have fulfilling experiences academically, athletically and socially. Everything is first class and all the resources are in place to help them be successful both on and off the court. The ‘people’ at Drake make a difference for our players!”


“A critical component to the success of any program is the commitment of the administration. The university and athletic administration at Drake share our vision of excellence for the basketball program and are committed to providing the resources to make that vision a consistent reality.”


“The most important part of our basketball program is people. The most important people in our program are our players. Our staff is committed to the complete welfare and well being of each of our young men. We are dedicated to partnering with our players and their families to help them maximize their potential in every area of their lives and to realize their dreams and aspirations. We are committed to recruiting young men of high character who share our values as a program. “Our mission is to roll up our sleeves and work for our players. We want to put them in an up tempo, attacking style of play where they are encouraged to perform at a consistent, high level. Our culture as a basketball program is positive and empowering, where we appeal to our players’ own self pride and desire for excellence as motivation.”

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Coaching Staff

Mike Gibson Assistant Coach

Coaching Experience

Assistant Coach Drake University, 2008-present Arizona State, 2006-08 Graduate Assistant Coach Michigan State, 2005-06

Playing Experience Carnegie Mellon, 2001-05

Education Bachelor of Science Business Administration Carnegie Mellon, 2005

Mike Gibson is in his second year on the Drake staff. He was on the Arizona State staff from 2006-08 when Drake head coach Mark Phelps had been the associate head coach under Herb Sendek. “In working with Mike (Gibson) the last three years, I have been most impressed by his intelligence, organization and work ethic,” said Phelps. “His high academic achievements certainly exemplify these qualities. He has worked for two elite level programs run by two elite level head coaches and has experienced being part of a program operating at the highest level. He is an invaluable component to the coaching staff here.” Gibson joined Sendek’s coaching staff at Arizona State in the summer of 2006 as coordinator of basketball technology and was promoted in the summer of 2007 to director of basketball operations. “I am extremely excited to join Coach Phelps at Drake University,” said Gibson. “In working with Mark the past three seasons, I have been impressed by his knowledge of the game and his ability to oversee all facets of a basketball program. “His experience under Coach Sendek and his unwavering commitment to integrity and character made Coach Phelps a perfect fit for Drake University. I am excited and optimistic about the future of Drake basketball under Coach Phelps’ leadership and am honored to be a part of it.” Gibson played an intergral role in Drake’s 2008-09 recruiting class being ranked No.1 in the Missouri Valley Conference. Gibson’s main duties during the 2009-10 season include scheduling, organizing team travel, setting training table and practice times, on-campus recruiting arrangements and serving as the executive director of the Bulldog Basketball Camps. As Arizona State’s coordinator of basketball technology during the 2006-07 season, Gibson made video edits for recruiting and scouting, while helping with many administrative issues for the program. Gibson graduated with a 3.97 grade-point average from Carnegie Mellon (Herb Sendek’s alma mater) in 2005, with a degree in business administration. At Carnegie Mellon, Gibson earned a spot on the Dean’s High Honor List every semester while playing four years for the basketball team, the last of which he served as team captain. While in college, he worked at several basketball camps including Five-Star, Michigan State, North Carolina State, Louisville, Northwestern, Dayton and Providence. After graduating from Carnegie Mellon, Gibson joined Tom Izzo’s staff at Michigan State for the 2005-06 season as a graduate assistant. Gibson’s main responsibility was to work with scouting, individual workouts and also assist the director of operations. Gibson also worked with the scout team and diagrammed all of the Spartans’ and their opponents’ plays and tendencies. He served as a student assistant director of operations in the spring of 2006 and worked directly with the operations director.

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Coaching Staff

Justin Ohl

Assistant Coach

Coaching Experience

Assistant Coach Drake University, 2004-present Graduate Assistant Drake University, 2001-04

Playing Experience

Drake University, 1997-2001


Justin Ohl is in his seventh season on the Drake coaching staff including his second year under head coach Mark Phelps. He also served five seasons as an aide under former head coaches Tom Davis and Keno Davis. “Justin understands why Drake University and Drake basketball are special, having been a student-athlete and coach here,” said Drake head coach Mark Phelps. “He embodies those qualities we will search for as we recruit young men to Drake. I am impressed with his knowledge, integrity, passion, commitment to the student-athlete and natural talent as a teacher, coach and recruiter.” “I have enjoyed the opportunity to work with Coach Phelps,” said Ohl. “His character and desire for Drake University and our program are evident. Mark has great passion for the student-athletes at Drake University and he will continue their pursuit of excellence, both in the classroom and on the basketball floor.” Ohl was named assistant coach Sept. 14, 2004, after acting as a graduate assistant for the previous three years. The Mason City, Iowa, native was a four-year letterman for the Bulldogs. He received his bachelor’s degree in marketing from Drake in 2001 and also received his teaching licensure in secondary education. Ohl also holds a master’s degree from Drake in public administration. Ohl tied a Missouri Valley Conference single-game record by making all seven shots, including all five three-point attempts, in a 2001 home game against Missouri State. Ohl is responsible for Drake’s rebounding. He serves as the director of the Bulldog Basketball camp, scouting of the opposition and also helps in the recruiting of future Bulldogs. In addition, he also serves as the academic liaison between the basketball program and the academic services department. Justin is married to former Drake women’s basketball player Haley Sames.

Bachelor of Science, Marketing Drake, 2001 Teaching Licensure, 2003 Masters Degree, Public Administration Drake, 2006

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Coaching Staff

Kareem Richardson Assistant Coach

Coaching Experience

Assistant Coach Drake University, 2008-present UMKC, 2007-08 Evansville, 2003-07 Wright State, 2002-03 Indiana State, 1999-2002 Indianapolis, 1997-99

Playing Experience East Carolina, 1993-95 Evansville, 1995-97

Education Bachelor of Arts, Telecommunications University of Evansville, 1997 Master of Business Administration University of Indianapolis, 1999

Kareem Richardson is no stranger to the Missouri Valley Conference, having served as an assistant coach at Evansville from 2003-07, as well as Indiana State in 1999-2002. Richardson has been ranked as one of the top 25 Mid-Major assistants in college basketball, according to the basketball website www.collegeinsider. com. The list was compiled to honor those assistants who have done great work throughout their careers and bring something special to the staff. Richardson was ranked No. 20. In compiling the list, several factors were weighed, including the assistant’s longevity with the program, overall program success while on staff, total years as an assistant, head coaching experience, recruiting, reputation among peers, and future potential. “Kareem is truly deserving of this recognition,” said Drake head coach Mark Phelps. “Kareem’s values are of the highest level and his passion and commitment to the total welfare of the student-athlete, combined with his knowledge of the game of basketball, make him a valuable member of our coaching staff.” “He has extensive experience as a player and a coach in the Missouri Valley Conference. He also demonstrated a true commitment to academic excellence as a student at the University of Evansville.” Richardson was named assistant coach at Drake on May 19, 2008, after spending the previous year as the top assistant with the UMKC basketball program. “Coach Phelps brings a wealth of knowledge to the Drake University basketball program,” said Richardson. “I have tremendous faith that Coach Phelps will be able to continue to build upon a championship caliber program.” Prior to working at UMKC, Richardson served as an assistant at his alma mater, the University of Evansville, from 2003-07. Richardson was the recruiting coordinator at Evansville with three of his recruits named to the MVC all-freshman team and one to the all-newcomer squad. Richardson’s coaching career began at the University of Indianapolis from 1997-99. He joined the Missouri Valley Conference coaching ranks in 1999 at Indiana State. In 2000, he helped the Sycamores reach the NCAA Tournament for the first time since the Larry Bird era in the late 1970s. A year later in 2001, Indiana State topped No. 4 seed Oklahoma to advance to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. He also coached one season at Wright State from 2002-03 before returning to Evansville. Richardson played in the NCAA Tournament as a freshman at East Carolina. He transferred to Evansville in 1995 and quickly established himself as the Purple Aces’ top point guard. Richardson, who was a team captain, was selected to the MVC all-academic team in both 1996 and 1997. In 1996, he was also a member of the MVC all-underrated team. Richardson graduated from Evansville with a degree in telecommunication in 1997. He and his wife, Greta, have three children: daughter Jasmiyn, son Amari, along with son Andre Donel who was born Sept. 17, 2009.

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Coaching Staff Jamie Andrisevic Graduate Assistant

In his first year on the Drake staff is Jamie Andrisevic who is pursuing a master’s degree in business. The Lee’s Summit, Mo., native was a three-year letterwinner on the Arizona State basketball team where he earned degrees in finance and marketing in 2005. He was a member of the Sun Devil team which upset Memphis in the 2003 NCAA Tournament. Andrisevic began his collegiate career, playing at Johnson (Kan.) Community College from 2000-02, which won the 2001 National Junior College national championship. He played professional basketball in Europe with teams from Germany, England and Denmark. He was a two-year starter at Lee’s Summit North.

Brandon Stromer Graduate Assistant

Brandon Stromer is in his third year on the basketball staff. He played on the Winona State team which won the 2006 NCAA Division II national championship. The Garner, Iowa, native earned a degree in business administration from Winona State in 2007. He is pursuing a master’s degree in adult learning and organized performance. He married the former Libby Zwald on Sept. 8, 2007.

Mark Owens Manager

The Elmira,N.Y., native joined the Drake coaching staff this past August. Owens began his collegiate basketball playing career at the University of Nebraska before transferring to Doane College where he earned a bachelor’s degree in history in 2003. He served as an assistant boys basketball coach at Tempe (Ariz.) High School and Desert Ridge (Ariz.) High School as well as assistant men’s coach at Scottsdale (Ariz.) Community College.

Peyton Jacks

Graduate Assistant

Peyton Jacks is in his second year on the Drake coaching staff. The Dallas, Texas, native played basketball at Saint Louis University from 2004--08. He is pursuing a master’s degree in sports management from Missouri Baptist. Jacks was a Texas Class 5A first-team All-District 7 selection as a senior at Jesuit Prep in Dallas, Texas. He also was a two-time track letterwinner.

Dante Terry Manager

Dante Terry, a former standout guard at The Citadel, joined the Drake coaching staff in June of 2008. A Virginia Beach, Va., native, he was a four-year letterwinner, earning a bachelor’s degree in sports management in 2006. He led The Citadel in scoring as a sophomore in 2003-04 with an 11.3 average, while averaging 12.6 points as a senior. He ranks fifth on the school career three-point field goal charts at 160. He also led the team in free throw percentage as a junior at .813. Terry was an assistant coach at Mt. Olive College from 2006-08 with teams advancing to the NCAA Division II Tournament.

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Support Staff Mike Burch

Head Strength & Conditioning Coach Mike Burch was named Drake’s head strength and conditioning coach Aug. 1, 2006, after serving in a similar capacity at Benedictine University in Lisle, Ill., during the 2005-06 season. Burch was the assistant strength and conditioning coach at Drake from May of 2000 through July of 2002, before being named the head strength and conditioning coach at Minnesota State-Mankato. He became the strength and conditioning coordinator at the Athletic and Therapeutic Institute in Aurora, Ill., in October of 2004 before moving to Benedictine. Burch earned a bachelor of science degree in biology from Buena Vista University in May of 1997 and received his master’s degree in exercise physiology from Iowa State in December of 2000. He is a certified member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association.

Tracy DeVenney

Administrative Assistant Tracy DeVenney was named administrative assistant in the Drake men’s basketball office in September of 2008. The Des Moines, Iowa, native had spent 20 years as a graphic designer for Meredith Corporation. She played basketball and tennis at Lincoln High School for her father, legendary coach Jerry Schartner, and also played at Grand View College. Tracy and her husband, Steve, have three children: Molly, 19 who is a sophomore softball player at UNI; Betsy, 17, a senior at Dowling Catholic, and Luke, 13, who is in the seventh grade at Holy Trinity. Tracy’s hobbies include: jogging, yoga, reading, movies and spending time with her family.

Scott Kerr

Head Athletic Trainer Scott Kerr joined the Drake athletic staff as head athletic trainer in August of 1985. He oversees the evaluation, treatment and rehabilitation of the men’s basketball program and coordinates team travel. Kerr was named recipient of the 2007 Missouri Valley Conference Most Coura-

geous Award. He served as assistant athletic trainer at New Mexico State from 1983 to 1985 before his arrival at Drake. Kerr has been active with the United States Olympic Committee, serving as a trainer at the 1997 World University Games in Sicily; the 1999 Pan American Games in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and the 2000 International Paralympics in Sydney, Australia. The Missoula, Mont., native received a bachelor’s degree in health and physical education from the University of Montana in 1978 and a master of science in physical education from the University of Arizona in 1979. He is a licensed athletic trainer in the state of Iowa. Scott and his wife, Patricia, have four children: Bryan, Maria, Theresa and Shannon. Maria was a standout swimmer at the University of the Pacific, graduating in 2004.

Mike Mahon

Sports Information Director Mike Mahon joined the Drake staff in October of 1988. The West Des Moines, Iowa, native was inducted into the College Sports Information Directors Hall of Fame in 1995 and was cited for a quarter century of service in CoSIDA in 2002. He served as chairman of the CoSIDA Membership Services Committee from 1990-93 and also was chairman of the CoSIDA Olympic Liaison Committee in June of 2002. He was named recipient of the Sam Skinner Award in 2006 by the Track and Field Writers of America for showing exemplary cooperation with the media in track and field. He has been involved with the U.S. Olympic Committee, serving as a press officer at the 1992, 1996 and 2004 Summer Olympics as well as the 1991, 1999 and 2003 Pan American Games. He was assistant venue press chief for team handball at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics. The 1976 graduate of South Dakota was media coordinator for the 2008 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships. He has worked numerous NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournaments including the 2001 and 2005 NCAA Final Four. He was inducted into the University of South Dakota Athletic Hall of Fame Sept. 19, 2009.

Larry Cotlar

Voice of the Bulldogs Larry Cotlar is in his fourth year as play by play announcer for Drake basketball. The St. Louis, Mo., native serves as co-host of a daily sports talk show on ESPN Radio 1700 The Champ in Des Moines. He was named the Iowa Sportscaster of the Year in 2007. A 1974 graduate of Missouri, Cotlar was play by play announcer for the nationally ranked Iowa women’s basketball team in the mid 1980s. He also has served as color analyst for Iowa men’s basketball games. Cotlar also hosted a national radio sports talk show from 1992-2000 from Las Vegas and Chicago for the One on One Sports Network now referred to as the Sporting News Network.

Dolph Pulliam Radio Analyst

Dolph Pulliam has served as analyst on Drake radio broadcasts since 2003. Pulliam was a three-year starting forward for the Drake basketball team under Maury John from 1967-69. As a senior he helped guide the Bulldogs to a 25-5 record en route to a thirdplace finish in the 1969 NCAA Tournament. He left Drake ranked No. 11 on the career scoring list and No. 9 on the career rebounding list. He was drafted by the Boston Celtics and also turned down an opportunity to play with the Dallas Cowboys. He was selected to the Drake All-Century basketball team in 2006. Pulliam, along with 1968-69 teammates Willie McCarter and Willie Wise, had their basketball jerseys retired from Drake in Febuary of 2009. After a distinguished television career at KCCI TV, Pulliam returned to Drake, serving as director of athletic marketing before assuming his current position as director of community relations.

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Coaching History

Tom Davis

Gary Garner

Bill Williams

Jack McClelland

Bob Ortegel

Ossie Solem

DRAKE MVC COACHES OF THE YEAR 1963-64 1967-68 1968-69 1969-70 1981-82 1992-93 2007-08

Maury John Maury John Maury John Maury John Gary Garner Rudy Washington Keno Davis

Drake coaching legend Maury John was named the national coach of the year in 1969 by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association. John, a four-time Missouri Valley Conference Coach of the Year, is Drake’s alltime winningest coach with 211 victories.He was inducted posthumously into the Missouri Valley Conference Hall of Fame in 2000.

Coach C.A. Pell John L. Griffith A.R. Hackett Ray Whisman Ralph Glaze Dr. S.W. Hobbs M.B. Banks Ossie Solem Bill Boelter Bill Williams Bill Easton Vee Green Forddy Anderson Jack McClelland John Benington Maury John Howard Stacey Bob Ortegel Gary Garner Tom Abatemarco Eddie Fields Rudy Washington Kurt Kanaskie Dr. Tom Davis Keno Davis Mark Phelps

Years 1906-1909 1909-1910 1912-1914 1910-1912 1914-1916 1916-1917 1917-1918 1918-1921 1921-1925 1925-1932 1932-1943 1943-1944 1944-1946 1946-1948 1948-1956 1956-1958 1958-1971 1971-1974 1974-1981 1981-1988 1988-1990 1990-1990 1990-1996 1996-2003 2003-2007 2007-2008 2008-present

Record 6-13 2-29 2-13 8-15 5-7 2-17 32-37 37-31 46-86 113-115 7-13 21-29 32-23 90-105 21-28 211-131 34-44 91-103 95-104 23-29 2-6 63-102 62-136 54-65 28-5 17-16

Keno Davis was named the 2007-08 national college coach of the year by six different sources including The Sporting News, the U.S. Basketball Writers Association and The Associated Press. Keno and his father, Tom, whom he succeeded at Drake, are the first father and son duo to win the national coach of the year award. Tom Davis was at Iowa when he won it in 1987.

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