Marwan Elrakabawy | HEAD MEN'S BASKETBALL COACH
Athletic Director Bill Raleigh announced that Coach Elrakabawy was named the interim head coach of the Schreiner Men's Basketball program in May of 2019. Coach Elrakabawy was the assistant coach for the Schreiner Men's Basketball program as well as head coach for the junior varsity team for the 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 seasons. During the 2017-2018 season, Coach Elrakabawy assisted a Mountaineers team to it's most successful season in program history. The Mountaineers claimed the SCAC Regular Season Conference Title, the SCAC Tournament Championship, and the program's first berth to the NCAA national tournament. The season included honors for Keenan Gumbs (Conference Male Student-Athlete of the Year, All-SCAC First team), Blake Kelley (All-SCAC Second Team), Luis Mancillas (All-SCAC Honorable Mention), Ellis Jones (All-SCAC Honorable Mention), and Head Coach Connor Kuykendall (Coach of the Year). This past season, Coach Elrakabawy assisted a Mountaineer team that competed in the SCAC Conference Championship with three Mountaineers (Matt Rindahl, Ellis Jones, and Paul Wells) earning All-SCAC honors.
Prior to Schreiner, Coach Elrakabawy was an assistant coach at SCAC rival Southwestern University. While at Southwestern, Coach Elrakabawy assisted with a variety of program administration duties including opposition scouting, player development, and film analysis and breakdown on a team that reached the semi-finals of the SCAC Championship Tournament. Prior to Southwestern, Coach Elrakabawy served as an assistant coach with Division II St. Edward's University during the 2015-2016 season where he helped guide the Hilltoppers to an 18-12 overall record, a nationally ranking for the first time since 2008, and an appearance in the Heartland Conference tournament semifinal. Before that, Coach Elrakabawy served as an assistant coach at Division III Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C. in 2014-2015. While at Gallaudet, Coach Elrakabawy was assistant to NEAC Coach of the Year Brendan Stern and part of the staff that led the Bison to a all-time program best 18 wins, a 12 win improvement from the previous season, and a top 10 nationally ranked defense.
Coach Elrakabawy began his coaching career at the high school level as part of the coaching staff at Texas School for the Deaf where he served in various roles, including Varsity assistant and JV Head Coach for eight seasons.
A native of Alexandria Egypt, Coach Elrakabawy grew up in Houston, TX. He and his wife Erin have two sons: Noah and Raef.
Samantha "Sam" Davidson | HEAD WOMEN'S BASKETBALL COACH
Samantha Davidson was named the head coach for Schreiner Univeristy Women's Basketball program in April of 2017.
Coach Davidson had one student-athlete selected to the 2017-2018 ALL-SCAC Second Team (Jordyn Villa), and a second team member named to the 2017-2018 ALL_SCAC Third Team (Kendra Brown) in her first season with the Mountaineers.
Davidson, was a four-year standout player for former Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference member Birmingham Southern, was at Rhodes College for two seasons under head coach Matt Dean before coming to Schreiner. During her tenure at Rhodes, Davidson coached five All-SAA players. The team finished in the league's top three in all defensive categories and also finished second in the league in three-point shooting. She was also responsible for two very strong recruiting classes for the Lynx.
Prior to her time at Rhodes, Davidson served as assistant girl's basketball coach for Webb School (TN) and helped the team win a state title in her one year in the position. Prior to that, she served under Hall-of-Fame head coach Pat Summitt at the University of Tennessee for one year. While on the Lady Vols staff, she worked with current UT head coach Holly Warlick.
At BSC, Davidson was a three-year starter and four year player who ended her career in the program's top five in career assists and the top-10 in 3-pointers made, 3-point shooting percentage and free throw percentage.
Previous, SU Athletic Director Ron Macosko on Davidson's hiring: "We are very excited that Coach Davidson has agreed to take our head coaching position. I received glowing recommendations on her from people in the women's basketball arena and college athletics whom I respect greatly. She came in and did a tremendous job in impressing our campus community (during her on-campus interview). She's young, energetic, has a great vision for the program and has a strong commitment to academic success. She articulates her knowledge of X's and O's very clearly and has a defense-first philosophy. I'm sure that she can be tough when needed but you could also really sense that she cares about her players and will push them and mentor them to be the best they can be in their college careers. In short, she's a perfect fit for Schreiner Women's Basketball and we look forward to watching what her teams will do in the years to come."
Quote on Sam Davidson from Rhodes Assistant AD and former Rhodes all-time winningest head women’s basketball coach, Matt Dean: “Schreiner University is getting one the most talented young coaches in all of Division III women’s basketball. Coach Davidson is the total package. She is an outstanding recruiter, excels in player development and - most importantly - is a great person who will represent the University with great class, character and dignity. I am excited for Sam to receive an opportunity to become a head coach and she will be greatly missed in our department.”
Davidson inherits a Schreiner team that went 11-16 overall and 8-6 in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference play, finishing fourth in the league during the regular season and advancing to the SCAC Tournament semifinals. The Mountaineers graduate four significant contributors including two All-SCAC performers but return a stable of talented and battle-tested players for 2017-18.