Coaching Staff

Head Varsity
Jim McNamara-This will be Coach McNamara's ninth season as the varsity head coach.  He is looking forward to his 28th 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 108-100, including the 2017 HVL Gold division title.  Married to Tonja for 38 years and they have 5 children and 8 grandchildren.

Junior Varsity
Ben Bauer-Graduated from Pine Island High School in 2014, where he participated in basketball, baseball and cross country.  He is a graduate of UW-Stout and teaches here at Pine Island.  This will be his second year coaching the JV at Pine Island

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 fourth year teaching and 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 his fourth year coaching the 8th grade team in Pine Island.   He and his wife have 2 little boys and we have made our home in Pine Island for 9 years!  

7th Grade
Aaron Maxson-A graduate of Pine Island, currently employed at Land O Lakes.  He has previously coached in the girls program here at PI, including two years as the head coach.  His basketball loving family includes his wife Karizma and their three children.  His favorite all time player is Michael Jordan the last minute and a half of the 1998 NBA finals which included a defensive stop and a game winning basket is his favorite basketball moment.

7-8th Grade Assistant
Dillon Bance-Graduated from Chatfield High school in 2017. I went to Bethany Lutheran College to play basketball for a year before transferring to the University of Minnesota where I graduated with a degree in political science. I am also a coach in the Minnesota Lightning AAU program. This is my first year working at Pine Island as a paraprofessional.