Men's Basketball Coaching Staff



Head Coach - Corey Tate











High School:  Pattonville (MO)


College:        Mineral Area College (1995)                AA

                    University of Missouri (1998)              BS - Economics


Corey Tate just completed his eleventh season at the helm of the Mineral Area College basketball program. This past season Corey won his third Region 16 championship since becoming the head coach at MAC. This year's team was 27-4 overall in a season that ended with an appearance in the NJCAA national tournament. Corey has won six conference titles and three Region 16 titles in his tenure here. Two seasons ago, the Cardinals won their second Region 16 title and clinched the MCCAC conference title. During the 2012-2013 season, MAC went 26-8, won the district playoff game against Region 4 winner Malcolm X, and advanced to the NJCAA national tournament in Hutchinson, Kansas. 

The Cardinals completed the 2009-10 season with a 20-12 record against one of the toughest schedules in the nation. In the 2008-2009 season the Cardinals advanced to the Region 16 championship game before falling to Three Rivers.  Mineral Area won a share of the MCCAC conference title for the third time in four seasons under coach Tate's leadership in 2007-2008.  The Cardinals finished the 2006-07 season with a 23-10 record, playing in the regional championship for the second straight season; unfortunately, MAC was a basket short of advancing to the NJCAA National Tournament.  Tate earned his second straight MCCAC Conference Coach of the Year Award in 2007. The amazing 2005-06 season ended with a 28-5 record, a NJCAA Region 16 championship, an undefeated regular season Region XVI run, an undefeated MCCAC championship season, and a #13 ranking in the final NJCAA national poll. The Cardinals were undefeated at home in the 2005-06 season, and won their final 19 games of the season before dropping a district play-off game to end the incredible run.  Corey Tate was named the Region 16 Coach of the Year, and the MCCAC Conference Coach of the Year in 2006.

His first season at MAC was very successful as well. The Cardinals finished the 2004-05 season with a 21-10 record and earned a MCCAC conference championship with a 5-1 record.  The Cards finished in a second place tie in the Region 16 standings behind national runner-up Moberly Area College.  "We look forward to building on the past two seasons and continuing the success associated with the MAC program," said Tate.

Corey is also the head coach of the highly regarded St. Louis Eagles AAU 16 and under basketball team. This past season the Eagles participated in the Peach Jam in Kansas City, MO as a part of the competitive EYBL Nike circuit and were lead by Chaminade standout Jayson Tatum.  Tatum is currently the #1 ranked player in the ESPN 2016 class rankings.

Corey Tate is one of two Pattonville High School (St. Louis, MO) basketball players to have his jersey retired. He began his college playing career at Mineral Area College in 1994, where he was an All-Conference and All-Region player. Tate was touted as a a pre-season All-American in 1995, but missed the season due to a leg injury. He transferred to the University of Missouri and had three successful seasons playing under legendary coach Norm Stewart. Corey graduated with a bachelor's in economics and spent a season on the coaching staff as a graduate assistant at Mizzou. Corey returned to coaching and spent three seasons as an assistant coach at Mineral Area before becoming only the third head coach in the program's history. 

Tate's wife Nicole, sons Matthew and Sebastian, and daughters Alexis and Helen can be found on the sidelines of the MAC games cheering on the Cardinals.

Coaching Career:

2004-14     Mineral Area College     Head Coach           224-121  

2001-04     Mineral Area College     Assistant Coach

1998-99     University of Missouri    Graduate Assistant



Assistant Coach - Marcus Scott

High School:  Proviso East (Maywood, IL)

College:  Mineral Area College A. A. (2008)

              Georgia Southwestern University   B.S.  (2011)

              Central Methodist University M.S.   (2013)



Marcus Scott is in his 3rd season as an assistant coach for the Mineral Area basketball team.  In his first season as an assistant coach the Cardinals won the Region 16 title and advanced to the NJCAA National Tournament.  Marcus was a standout player in his two years in the program.  He was a key member of the basketball team for the 2006-2007 and 2007-2008 season.  Scott came to MAC after transferring from NCAA DII Lewis University (Romeoville, IL). 

Scott is a 2005 graduate of Proviso East High School, where he played for Coach David Chatman.  The Pirates finished 28-5 in 2005, winning a Regional and Sectional Championship and the West Suburban Conference title. Scott helped lead PEHS to a #4 National ranking during his senior campaign by averaging 17.6 PPG, 6.1 RPG, 3 APG, and 2 SPG.  He earned West Suburban All-Conference honors twice, was the Team MVP, the Sectional MVP, and named the Sun Times "Player of the Week" four times. 

While at MAC, Marcus was a 1st Team All-Conference and All-Region 16 performer for the Cardinals.  The Cardinals were very successful during his time here as a player finishing 2nd and 3rd in Region 16 while winning the MCCAC Conference title his sophomore year.

After MAC, Marcus attend Georgia Southwestern University in Americus, Georgia where he was an All-Conference selection in basketball for Mike Leeder. 

Marcus works part-time at the college as a member of the Wellness Center staff.  He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Education from Georgia Southwestern University and he has a Master's Degree in Education from Central Methodist University.


Assistant Coach - Cedric Brown

 Cedric Brown

High School: Murphysboro (IL) ‘86

College:  Herbert H. Lehman (BS) ‘00

             South Dakota State (MS) ‘05


Cedric Brown enters his inaugural season with the Cardinals after spending the last seven as the head coach at Lake Land College (Mattoon, IL).


During his tenure with the Lakers, Coach Brown won two GRAC (Great Rivers Athletic Conference) regular season championships (2012 & 2014). He was also awarded GRAC Coach of the Year honors in the same seasons. He finished his career as Lake Land’s second winningest coach with 131 victories.


From 2008 to 2014, the Lakers enjoyed six consecutive winning seasons with four of the last five totaling 20 or more per season.  Before he took over the sidelines in Mattoon, Brown was an assistant coach for the 2006-2007 season at Trinity Valley Community College (Athens, TX) for current Moberly Area Community College head coach Pat Smith. In his one season at TVCC, Brown helped the Cardinals to a 19-11 overall record, a 3rd place finish in the East Texas Athletic Conference, and a Region 14 #3 seed.


Prior to the 2006-2007 season in Texas, Brown spent 3 seasons as an assistant at Chicago State University. In three seasons with the Cougars, Brown was instrumental in helping recruit the talent that led the Cougars to a Mid-Continent conference championship appearance during the 2005-2006 season.


Before Brown brought his coaching and recruiting skills to Chicago State University in 2004, he worked for Champaign Centennial’s Scott Nagy as a graduate assistant at South Dakota State University, where he received his Master’s degree in Sports Pedagogy. The Jackrabbits flourished to a school record 27 wins with only 7 losses and enjoyed being nationally ranked in the top five for over half of the 2003-2004 season. Brown was helpful with the transition of the program from the Division II to Division I level with his evaluating and recruiting skills, which assisted Coach Nagy in compiling one of his most talented recruiting classes.



At the beginning of the 2001-2002 school year, Brown joined the Parkland College staff as the recruiting coordinator and assistant coach. During his second of two seasons at Parkland, Brown helped head coach Chris Warren lead the Cobras to a 24-10 record and a Region XXIV championship appearance with his initial recruiting class.


An original native of The Bronx in New York City, he graduated from Herbert H. Lehman College in the top one-third of his Recreation Education program with a bachelor’s of science degree. During the 1999-2000 season, at the age of 31 years old under Darryl Jacobs (Virginia State University Head Coach), Brown helped lead his Lehman Lightning to the Hudson Valley Athletic Conference Championship. Brown was voted the Most-Outstanding student-athlete that season. While at Lehman, he enjoyed successful junior and senior seasons with the Lightning Men’s Basketball program as a two year starter and team captain. In two seasons, he averaged 10 points, 6 rebounds, and 3 assists with two Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) appearances.


Coach Brown has enjoyed success at every level of college basketball. He is known to his colleagues as person with a passion for education, a tireless worker, a dedicated teacher of the game, and a relentless recruiter with excellent recruiting skills.

Coach Brown is the father of five children. Angelo, Asia, Quentin, Isaac, and Chyanne. He resides in Farmington, MO.