Coaching Staff

Head Varsity
Jim McNamara-This will be Coach McNamara's seventh season as the varsity head coach.  He is looking forward to his 26th season coaching basketball in Pine Island, having coached at the youth, junior high and junior varsity level.  He also was the varsity assistant for seven years.  Career Varsity coaching record of 87-73, including the 2017  HVL Gold division title.  Married to Tonja for 36 years and they have 5 children and 7 grandchildren.


Varsity Assistant
Scott Nelson-Native of Kenyon, graduating in 1980.  Did undergraduate work at St. Olaf College.  Have had teaching/coaching stints in Delano, Spring Valley, Byron and Pine Island totaling 33 years.  Was head boys basketball coach at Kingsland High School from 1989-97.  Got Masters degree in Educational Leadership from Winona State University.  Married 27 years and have two children.


Junior Varsity
Tyler Baker-A native of Byron, this will be Coach Bakers ninth year coaching basketball and his 4th at Pine Island as the JV coach.  He previously coached in Iowa, and at Bemidji and Goodhue.  He and his wife Brittany have two sons.
 

C Team
Alex Robideau -Graduated from Northfield in 2011. He then went on to graduate from Minnesota State University Mankato. Worked as a paraprofessional in Nicollet, Minnesota. Coached junior varsity basketball and varsity baseball in Nicollet for two years. This will be his second year coaching the C Team in Pine Island. 


8th Grade
Michael Downie-Graduated from Lourdes High school in 1999 and played basketball for 8 years in their system.  This will be my second year coaching the 8th grade team in Pine Island.   My wife and I have 2 little boys and we have made our home in Pine Island for 7 years!  


7th Grade
Wyatt Nelson-This will be Coach Nelson's sixth season coaching, fifth in Pine Island. He graduated from Byron in 2014. Graduated this year from Winona State with a degree in Elementary Education.