Stevenson's Ambrose taking a "pause" from coaching
Stevenson High School varsity boys basketball coach Pat Ambrose is taking a "pause" from his coaching duties, according to an emailed statement sent Saturday to the Daily Herald by Tricia Betthauser, the school's athletic director.
"Coach Ambrose has taken a voluntary brief pause from his head coach role," Betthauser said in the email. "He has not stepped down as the Stevenson head boys basketball coach. In the interim, coach Chandler Levinsgton Simon and coach Paul Swan have assumed coaching responsibilities."
Betthauser also said, "it's all that is appropriate to share at this time."
Ambrose did not coach in the Patriots' last two games, wins on Wednesday against Dundee-Crown and Friday night against Lake Zurich. Ambrose's senior son Evan, the team's starting point guard, has also missed the last two games.
Pat Ambrose is one of the state's most successful boys basketball coaches. Now in his 22nd season at Stevenson, he is 458-173, including 7-3 this season. He has never had a losing season at the Lincolnshire school.
Under Ambrose's direction, the Patriots won the Class 4A state championship in 2015, going 30-3. That ended a three-year run in which Stevenson was 91-10. The Pats finished second at state in 2013 and third in 2014.
Stevenson's next scheduled game is Monday at home against Carmel.