Gameli Ahelegbe (pronounced Ga-ma-lee Ah-hel-leg-buh) enters his second season as an assistant coach at North Dakota and is the program’s recruiting coordinator. His first year with the program saw the team capture its second straight Great West Conference Tournament title and a pair of players earn All-GWC honors (Troy Huff and Patrick Mitchell).
Ahelegbe arrived at UND from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn., where he spent the 2010-11 season as the Cobbers’ top assistant coach and recruiting coordinator.
Ahelegbe, who mentored a pair of all-conference players at Concordia as well, helped guide the Cobbers to a 14-12 record last season and the program’s first conference tournament appearance since 2008.
Prior to his stint at Concordia, Ahelegbe was an assistant coach at Minnesota State University, Mankato, in 2009-10. The Mavericks went 25-5 that season, winning the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) championship and earning the program’s sixth straight berth in the NCAA Division II tournament.
In addition to his collegiate coaching experience, Ahelegbe has served as an assistant varsity coach at Brooklyn Center (Minn.) High School (2008-09) and Tartan High School in Oakdale, Minn. (2006-07). While at Tartan High School, he doubled as the 10th grade head coach and led the team to a conference co-championship.
From 2007-10, Ahelegbe also served as the club director and trainer with the 43Hoops Basketball Academy in Hopkins, Minn., which was founded by former National Basketball Association (NBA) veteran Chris Carr.
Ahelegbe graduated from Minnesota State in 2007 with a bachelor’s degree in education. He earned a master’s degree in athletic and activities administration from the University of Saint Thomas in 2010. He played for the Mavericks from 2005-07 and was a team captain his senior season, helping lead his squad to the second round of the NCAA Division II Tournament.
Ahelegbe’s and his wife, Syreeta, are parents to a daughters, Aniah (6) and Azalyn (newborn) and a son, Amawuli (1).