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 COACHING STAFF

Ryan SimsJohn Peckinpaugh  Assistant Coach

John Peckinpaugh joined the Mastodons as an assistant coach in April 2017. He returned to the program where he once played and served as a graduate assistant.

Peckinpaugh spent three seasons (2014-17) as the head coach at National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) member Indiana Tech. He was named the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC) Coach of the Year in 2015-16 after a 23-10 campaign which saw the Warriors rank as high as No. 16 in the nation. The Warriors qualified for the NAIA National Tournament thanks to earning an at-large berth. Peckinpaugh finished with a 54-40 record with the Warriors after a second consecutive 20-win season in 2016-17. He coached nine WHAC All-Academic Team selections, six WHAC All-Conference selections, five Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes, three NAIA All-Americans, three WHAC All-Newcomer recipients, two WHAC All-Defensive Team honorees and one WHAC Newcomer of the Year during his time at Indiana Tech.

Peckinpaugh served as a graduate assistant for the Mastodons in 2013-14, helping the 'Dons to a 25-11 record and a win in the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament. He was an assistant coach at Indiana Tech in 2012-13.

He played in 108 games for the 'Dons, starting 61, from 2008-12. He helped the 'Dons finish above .500 in 2009-10 and 2010-11, the first two such seasons as a Division I member in program history.

Peckinpaugh, an Indiana native, attended Muncie Central High School in Muncie, where he helped the team earn two state runner-up titles and three NCC conference titles.

 

Ryan SimsRyan Sims  Assistant Coach

Fort Wayne native Ryan Sims enters his eighth season for the Fort Wayne Mastodons in 2017-18.

Named to the Under Armour 30-Under-30 Team by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC), Sims is one of the top rising coaches in college basketball.

Sims has helped guide the Mastodons to four consecutive postseason appearances. The run includes the program’s first NIT berth in 2016 as well as a win over Ball State in the CIT 2017.

The 2016-17 campaign saw the Mastodons earn their third 20-win season in four years. The 'Dons topped No. 3 Indiana in front of the largest crowd to ever watch a basketball game in the city of Fort Wayne.

The Mastodons won the 2016 Summit League regular season title for the first time in school history finishing the year with a 24-10 record. Sims worked with the guards where he helped guide Max Landis to earn Summit League Player of the Year, John Konchar to First Team All Summit League and Mo Evans to be Player of the Month in December.

In 2014-15, the Mastodons were pre-season favorites to win the Summit League and finished the season with a trip to the College Insider Tournament for the second straight year. Sims assisted the Mastodons to a school record 25 wins in 2013-14 which saw the team advance to the Sweet 16 of the College Insider Tournament. Sims’ work with the guards helped guide newcomer Mo Evans to the Summit League Sixth Man of the Year and Pierre Bland pick up a spot on the Summit League All-Tournament Team. Before the 2013 season, Sims coached Frank Gaines who is the current all time leading scorer in school history.

Sims entered the coaching ranks after a successful playing career. He started his career at Bowling Green State University from 2006-08 where he played for current ESPN analyst Dan Dakich. He finished his career at the University of Indianapolis playing for head coach Stan Gouard. Sims senior year he averaged 10.1 points and 3 rebounds a game with the Greyhounds. He also shot a conference-high 89 percent from the free-throw line.

Sims comes from a basketball family. His younger brother J.R was on staff at Indiana University for two seasons and helped guide the Hoosiers to capture the Big Ten Champion in 2016. Sims played his high school ball at nearby Snider High School for his father Ray Sims. His father coached for over 30 years throughout Indiana. Sims was named All-State as a junior and a senior. He was also a McDonald's All-American nominee his senior season after averaging over 20 points and six assists a game. He was rated the 23rd best point guard in 2006 by Prep Spotlight and top 10 overall in the state of Indiana. Sims was also a three-time All-Conference selection in High School.

Sims graduated from the University of Indianapolis in 2010 with a degree in Sociology.

Sims resides in Fort Wayne with his wife Shea.

 

Ben BottsKenton Aubrey  Graduate Manager

The 2017-18 campaign is the second for Kenton Aubrey as the graduate assistant for the Fort Wayne men's basketball program. Aubrey most recently served as an assistant coach for Indiana University Southeast.

At IU Southeast, Aubrey handled multiple duties, such as scouting of opponents, individually working with guards and post players, recruiting student athletes and team travel. He played at IU Southeast from 2010-2011, winning a conference championship and qualifying for the NAIA national tournament.

Prior to serving as an assistant at IU Southeast Aubrey served as a student manager for Western Kentucky University helping the staff with various duties, such as practice drills, team travel, statistical analytics and scouting of opponents. He also helped the staff with the set-up and running of summer camps.

Aubrey received his degree from Western Kentucky University in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Health.

 

Kevin RudolphiKevin Rudolphi  Strength & Conditioning Coach

Kevin Rudolphi was named Strength & Conditioning Coach at Fort Wayne in May 2008.
Rudolphi directs the strength and conditioning program for the men's and women's basketball teams, as well as the men's and women's golf teams, and men's and women's volleyball teams. He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).

Prior to being named to his current position, Rudolphi was a strength and conditioning graduate assistant at Southeast Missouri State University, where he also earned a Master's Degree in Exercise Science and Nutrition. Rudolphi earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale.

Rudolphi, a native of Illinois, currently resides in Fort Wayne with his wife, Michele, and dog, Cape.

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