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Coaching Staff

Mary Ciuk
Assistant Coach

Ciuk begins her seventh season with Davidson for the 2016-17 campaign. She oversees the academic aspects of the team and helps perimeter player development as well as working on the marketing side of promoting the program. Ciuk also is in charge of all the traveling arrangements.

Ciuk came to Davidson after spending eight seasons as part of the UMass staff, with the last four years holding the title of Associate Head Coach. Ciuk's primary responsibilities at UMass included scouting of opponents and coordinating the recruiting efforts.

Prior to her time at UMass, Ciuk was at Cornell were she helped the Big Red to their first two winning seasons in the Ivy League with 8-6 records in 2001 and 2002. There, she helped cultivate 10 all-league players, two academic All-Ivy picks, one Ivy League Rookie of the Year and four Ivy All-Rookie team selections.

For 11 seasons, Ciuk was an assistant coach at Northwestern, where she helped guide the Wildcats to four NCAA Tournament appearances, the Big Ten championship in 1990 and a 189-122 record. During the summer of 1993, she served as an assistant coach for the Big Ten All-Star team that toured through Australia and New Zealand. As Northwestern's recruiting coordinator, Ciuk assembled five recruiting classes that were ranked in the top-10 nationally. One of those classes included currently Davidson head coach Michele Savage as Ciuk coached her during her playing career at Northwestern.

A 1980 graduate of Southern Connecticut State, Ciuk earned a bachelor of science degree in Physical Education and played four years on the basketball team. The Owls posted a 57-28 mark and qualified for three AIAW national tournaments during Ciuk’s playing career.

Following graduation, Ciuk was an assistant basketball coach at the University of Florida while earning a master’s degree in Athletic Administration.


Kira Mowen
Assistant Coach

Mowen is in her seventh season with Davidson for the 2016-17 campaign. Her main responsibilities are acting as the recruiting coordinator for the Wildcats, while also being the program's Camp Director. She will also focus on the perimeter player development as well as helping coordinate conditioning with the strength and training coaches.

Prior to Davidson, Mowen spent two years as a graduate assisant for the Texas State women’s basketball team.  

Mowen came to San Marcos, Texas after graduating from Youngstown State in 2008 with a bachelor’s degree in exercise science. While at YSU, Mowen played two seasons for head coach Tisha Hill and helped the Penguins to 21 wins while on the team.

Prior to her career at Youngstown, Mowen spent the 2003-05 seasons with the Fighting Illini under head coach Theresa Grentz.

A Pennsylvania native, Mowen earned a masters of education with a specialization sports manangement at Texas State in 2010.


Shannon Gholar
Assistant Coach

Beginning her second year for the 2016-17 season as assistant coach with the Davidson women's basketball progam is Shannon Gholar.

She came to Davidson after a two-year stint at Vermont as an assistant coach under head coach Lori Gear McBride.

"Shannon is an excellent addition to our staff," said head coach Michele Savage. "She has an unbelievable work ethic and a very high basketball IQ. She brings high energy and a passion to recruit the best student-athletes in the country. We're very excited to have her join the Davidson women's basketball family."

While at Vermont, Gholar oversaw the recruiting aspect of the program in organizing campus, official and home visits, as well as initial prospect evaluation. She also worked with the guards in their development.

Prior to her time at Vermont, Gholar was a graduate assistant at Arizona State for two years where she worked under Charli Turner Thorne. She assisted the Sun Devils in many aspects of the program from skill workouts and recruiting to game management and marketing of the team.

Gholar, a native of Monrovia, Calif., began her collegiate career at Cal Poly San Louis Obispo where she was a guard for two seasons. She finished out the final two years playing at Cal State San Bernardino.

She earned a bachelor's degree from Cal State San Bernardino in 2011 and completed her master's degree in higher education at Arizona State in 2013.