Staff
Head Coach
Kip Ioane

Kip Ioane (pronounced "eye-own") is in his eighth season as the head coach of the men’s basketball team at Willamette University in 2016-17. He is in his 16th season on the coaching staff, including eight seasons as an assistant coach for the Bearcats under Gordie James prior to being named the head coach when James retired prior to the 2009-10 season.

In 2014-15, Ioane led the Bearcats to the fourth and final berth into the Northwest Conference Tournament. Willamette earned its spot in the NWC semifinals by defeating Pacific University at Cone Field House on the final day of the regular season.

Ioane also attended Willamette as a student-athlete and played for the Bearcats from 1997-98 through 2000-01. He was a two-year captain who earned a total of four letters while playing at Willamette.

As a senior, he was a finalist for the Josten’s Trophy, given to the NCAA Division III men’s basketball player of the year. Ioane earned a bachelor’s degree from Willamette in 2001 and achieved a Master’s of Art in Teaching at WU in 2002.

While attending Billings Skyview High School in Montana, Ioane was All-Conference and All-State in football, basketball and track and field. Later, he competed in 100 basketball games as a player at Willamette. He helped the Bearcats achieve a combined record of 54-44 during his four seasons.

He became the Pro Hoop Camp director in 2009. Pro Hoop Camp is held during the summer and offers four sessions for youngsters ages 7-17. Ioane stresses individual skill development and team concepts as well as overall attitude. Jersey Day and the "2-minute games" are highlights during each week of the camp.

Ioane’s wife, Kelly (Sorenson) ’01, was a star for WU in volleyball and basketball. Kip and Kelly are the parents of Lincoln, 7 years old, Leah, age 5 and Xavier, two years old.

Assistant Coach
Nathan Covill

Nathan Covill is in his first season as an assistant coach with the Willamette University men's basketball team in 2016-17. Covill previously was a high school coach in Montana, California and Oregon.

At Martin Luther King High School in Riverside, California, he was an assist when the team won the 2002 CIF California Division 2 State Championship and the 2008 CIF Division 1AA Southern Section Championship. During those seasons, the team was ranked in the USA today National Top 25 High School Ranings.

In 2013, Covill was an assistant coach with the Ridgeview High School football team in Redmond, Oregon. Ridgeview won the OSAA Class 4A State Championship.

Covill played basketball at the University of Montana and was a redshirt in the 1992 NCAA Tournament against Florida State University. In 1995, he played in the NIT against University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP). He was Montana's Most Inspirational Award winner in 1996.

He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education from Montana in 1998. He earned a Master of Arts degree in Education with an emphasis in reading from National University in 2004.

Assistant Coach
Kevin MacRae

Kevin MacRae is in his seventh year on Willamette’s coaching staff in 2016-17, after working for six years as an assistant football and basketball coach at McKay High School in Salem. He helped McKay’s basketball team reach the OSAA State quarterfinals twice. In addition, two members of the team were each honored once as the Central Valley Conference Player of the Year.

While at McKay, he worked with offensive and defensive systems similar to those used by Kip Ioane at Willamette. He is a valuable assistant coach for the Bearcats due to his previous coaching experience, plus his familiarity with Willamette’s offensive and defensive schemes. His wife, Mallory, is a Willamette graduate

Assistant Coach
Jonathan Willis

Jonathan Willis is in his third season as an assistant coach for the Willamette University men's basketball team in 2016-17. He also is the team's transitions situations coordinator and will lead the team in preparing for changes from offense to defense and defense to offense following missed shots, as well as working on all in-bounds plays.

Assistant Coach
Brandon Luedtke

Brandon Luedtke is starting his first season as an assistant coach for the Willamette University men's basketball team in 2016-17. Luedtke played for the Bearcats over the past four seasons. He was named First Team All-Northwest Conference in 2014-15, was Second Team All-NWC in 2015-16, and received Honorable Mention All-NWC recognition in 2013-14.

In 2015-16, he averaged 11.0 points and 10.0 rebounds per game. He led the NWC in rebounds per game for the second year in a row. He ranked 39th in NCAA Division III in total rebounds and was 14th in defensive rebounds per game.

As a junior in 2015-15, he averaged a career-high 14.1 points per game to go along with 9.4 rebounds per contest. He set a Willamette single season record by averaging 2.6 steals per game.

During his playing career at Willamette, Luedtke scored 914 points, grabbed 730 rebounds, recorded 154 assists and was credited with 143 steals. He shot 52.6% from the field. He played in 95 games with 68 starts. Luedtke ranks sixth all-time at Willamette with 1.51 steals per game.

Our experienced staff, comprised of college, high school and middle school teachers and coaches is extraordinary! This is a teaching camp and we pride ourselves on having phenomenal fundamental instruction. Our staff is supplemented with high quality college student athletes who are exceptionally responsible and conscientious and are positive role models for campers of all ages. Our staff really cares about the welfare of every camper and works very hard at making this a special week of basketball.