St. Clair in Mourning after the Passing of Ken Ambrose
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St. Clair College was saddened to learn today of the sudden passing of Varsity Recruiter Ken Ambrose.  Ambrose played a large role in Saints athletics over the past 6.5 years starting with his hire as the Women’s Basketball Head Coach and then continuing with his move a few years later to recruitment for all the varsity intercollegiate teams.  

Ambrose made an indelible impression on the athletes and coaches at St. Clair for whom he was always willing to assist in any capacity.  His positive demeanor made him a tremendous representative at various recruitment events and a likeable spokesperson for Saints athletics.  Ever the sports enthusiast he gladly spent time at local high school and club games to represent the St. Clair Coaching staff who could not be in attendance.  Ambrose also enjoyed the travel associated with recruiting trips that brought him to various OFSAA tournaments to scout future Saints athletes.  

For many St. Clair athletes Ambrose would have been the first point of contact which would lead to him supervising a campus tour for the recruit and their family.  He ultimately provided much of the necessary information that would help a prospective student-athlete towards their post-secondary choice.  During his time the St. Clair Varsity program enjoyed great success and it was due in large part to Ambrose’s involvement.  

Ambrose was also a valued person on the host committee in the many championships St. Clair brought to the campus and Windsor area.  He was a fixture at Saints home events keeping up to date with the recruits and coaches he helped along the way.  Ambrose proved so vital that he became part of St. Clair’s Marketing and Recruitment Department for events both in town and across the province.  

“Ken truly believed and understood the value that varsity athletics brings to students and to St Clair College,” lamented St. Clair College Vice President Ron Seguin.  “He was the ultimate ambassador in this regard and we were so fortunate to have him represent Saints Athletics with both enthusiasm and dignity.  We envisioned Ken being a part of the sports family at St Clair for many years to come.  We will miss him greatly.”

Director of College Recreational Services Christina Gatto continued, “Ken became a part of the fabric of the athletic department from the minute he started at St. Clair.  He had a positive comment for everyone he met and his enthusiasm and dedication to St. Clair was unparalleled.  His constant smile, warm heart and selfless contribution will never be forgotten.”

In his two seasons at the helm of the Women’s Basketball team Ambrose worked through a rebuilding season and then led the Saints to a 10-8 record and hosted a playoff game in his last year.  He was a retired teacher with more than 40 years of basketball coaching experience at the elementary, high school, club, regional and provincial level with ties to both the Windsor area as well as Leamington.  In addition, he coached many other sports including youth baseball in the summer months with the Riverside Minor Baseball Association.  He was both the founder and President of the Riverside Falcon Basketball Association and the Leamington Cougars Basketball Association.  Ambrose served with the Ontario Basketball Association on the Ranking and Seeding Committee and coached at the MDP level with the St. Clair Regional team also taking a squad to the 2010 Ontario Summer Games in Sudbury.

The St. Clair family wishes to extend its heartfelt condolences to the Ambrose family as well as his many friends across the region.  He will be missed. 

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