MINERAL AREA COLLEGE
Men's Basketball Coaching Staff
Head Coach - Luke Strege
Luke Strege is in his second season as the head basketball coach at Mineral Area College. In his first season as coach, Luke lead the Cardinals to a 25-6 record. MAC was ranked as high as #13 in the country this past season.
Strege is the fourth coach in the the history of the program. He comes to the Park Hills, Mo., community college having finished his fifth season as the assistant men’s basketball coach and recruiting coordinator at Eastern Kentucky University. While at Eastern Kentucky, Strege helped guide the Colonels to an Ohio Valley Conference Championship in 2014 and a berth to the NCAA National Tournament. Eastern Kentucky’s 49 wins from 2012-2014 are the most during any two-year period in program history.
Before arriving at Eastern, Strege served six years on the staff at Quincy University in Quincy, Ill. In 2009-2010, Strege helped the Hawks finish 23-9 overall while climbing to as high as #10 in the Division II national polls. Quincy earned a spot in the 2010 NCAA Division II Tournament and advanced to the Sweet 16 for the first time in school history. In 2007-2008, Strege was promoted to Quincy’s associate head coach. In Strege’s six seasons at Quincy, the Hawks posted six consecutive winning seasons and advanced to four NCAA Division II Tournaments.
Strege began his collegiate coaching career in 2000-2001 as a graduate assistant at the University of Georgia. He then spent two more years as a graduate assistant at Western Kentucky University (2001-2003). Before moving to Quincy, Strege served as an Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach at Towson University in Baltimore in 2003-2004.
Mineral Area College Athletic Director Chad Mills said he and others are “thrilled” to have Strege on board. “Luke brings fifteen years of experience at the Division I and Division II level,” Mills said. “More than his ability to coach, we’re excited about the high character that Luke brings to MAC. He is a great family man and he will do an outstanding job of representing both the community and the college.”
Strege graduated from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse in 1999 with bachelor’s degree in marketing. He and his wife Christine, are proud parents of Mason, Griffin, and Jaxon.
University of Georgia (Graduate Assistant, 2000-2001)
Western Kentucky (Graduate Assistant, 2001-2003)
Towson (Assistant Coach, 2003-2004)
Quincy (Assistant Coach- Associate Head Coach, 2004-2010)
Eastern Kentucky University (Assistant Coach, 2010-2015)
Assistant Coach - Bryen Spriggs
Bryen Spriggs is in his first year as an assistant coach for Mineral Area. Coach Spriggs spent the previous season at Lincoln Trail College where they became one of the top teams in the Great Rivers Athletic Conference. While at Lincoln Trail, Coach Spriggs played an intricate role in the recruitment and development of Devin Thomas, Zac Cuthbertson and Tyler Kohl-Ross. Devin Thomas was a 1st Team All-Conference performer while Zac Cuthbertson earned Freshman of the Year honors and was 1st Team All-Conference.
In 2012-2013 Coach Spriggs helped the Marshalltown Tigers to a major turnaround as the Tigers posted an overall record of 22-9 and finished third in the ICCAC. Coach Spriggs played a major role in the program’s 10 consecutive wins to start the year helping the Tigers to a top 25 ranking, the first ever top 25 ranking under Head Coach Brynjar Brynjarsson and finished the regular season winning seven of its final eight games. Chris Caird was named to the first-team all-region while Matej Delinac was a second-team pick. Freshman Troidell Carter earned honorable mention honors from the ICCAC and earned first-team honors from the ICCAC the following year.
From 2010-2012 Coach Spriggs was an assistant coach under Kevin Reynolds for two seasons at Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania. He helped the Slippery Rock University men's basketball team break the school record for conference wins. The team increased wins by 307%, the biggest turn around in the country at all levels (D-1, D-2, D-3). During the 2011-2012 season, Slippery Rock ranked #1 in NCAA Division II rebound margin and was top five in FG% and 3-pt FG%. Coach Spriggs coached one All-American, three All-Conference players and two Scholar-Athlete Award recipients. Coach Spriggs finished his playing career at Slippery Rock, where he helped them get off to the best start in school history, setting the regular season winning streak record and contributing to the team being in the top 10 in 3pt FG's made per game in NCAA Division II. Coach Spriggs is a native of Philadelphia, PA.
Assistant Coach- Joe Penno
Assistant Coach - Endalk Kassa