MINERAL AREA COLLEGE
Men's Basketball Coaching Staff
Head Coach - Luke Strege
The Mineral Area College Board of Trustees on June 11 approved the hiring of Luke Strege (pronounced STREGG-ee) to the coaching position of the men’s basketball program. The position was vacated this summer when Corey Tate joined MU’s basketball program as assistant coach.
Strege will be the fourth coach in 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 - 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
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.