Women's Basketball Coaching Staff




Head Coach - Gary Koch


High School:  Lutheran South (St. Louis, MO)

College:        Southeast Missouri State University  BS

                    Southeast Missouri State University  MA  


Gary Koch is in his 14th season as the Head Women's Basketball Coach at Mineral Area College. Two seasons ago, the Lady Cards won their second Region 16 Championship in two years.  Three seasons ago, MAC was 23-6 overall, 9-1 in Region 16 play, and an undefeated 8-0 in the MCCAC.   Four seasons ago, the Mineral Area women won their first ever Region 16 Championship. During this season Gary was named Region 16 "Coach of the Year."  The Lady Cards narrowly missed the NJCAA National Tournament losing a heartbreaker to Iowa Western in the district playoff game by 1 point. The Lady Cards won the 2013-2014 MCCAC Conference title.  In 2012-2013 the MAC women got off to a sensational start, winning 17 of their first 18 to climb to #13 in the NJCAA National Polls.  Koch is a 30+ year veteran of the coaching ranks. He has experience coaching high school and college as well as men and women.  Gary's record at MAC is currently 225-140.  He now has a overall college coaching record of 298-162

During his tenure, MAC has been ranked as high as 9th in the Nation, won 2 regional championships, and 3 conference championships. The Cardinals have had 8 All-Americans and 20 Academic All-Americans.

Gary's background includes graduating from Lutheran South in St. Louis and obtaining his bachelor's and master's degrees from Southeast Missouri State University

Gary is married to Mary Lu and has six children and twelve grand children and enjoys spending time with them.  Coach Koch is looking to recruit women that want to go to class and are highly motivated both academically and athletically. 

Coach Gary Koch Information:

Cell Phone: 314-560-2125

School Phone: 573-518-2259

Email: gkoch@mineralarea.edu


Assistant Coach - Briley Palmer


High School:  Farmington, (MO)

College:  Mineral Area (AA),  Christian Brothers University (B.S.) (Memphis, TN)

Central Methodist University (Masters of Education) 


Briley is entering her seventh season as an assistant coach at Mineral Area.  Briley has been instrumental in the Lady Cards winning the Region 16 title two times since she has been back. Three seasons ago, the Lady Cards had a strong season, winning twenty three games.  Mineral Area was an impressive 8-0 in the MCCAC.  Four seasons ago, Palmer helped lead the Cards to their first ever Region 16 Championship in school history.  In her first year, Briley helped the Lady Cards to a #13 National Ranking early on in the season. 

Palmer graduated from Farmington High School in 2007 where she helped lead her team to an appearance in the state-championship game.  This was the first school history.  Her senior year she was voted an All-Region, All-District, All-Conference, and Dream-Team player. 

In the spring of her senior year, she signed her letter of intent to play for Coach Koch at Mineral Area.  At Mineral Area, Palmer came in to play a big role as a freshman and carried her leadership over to her sophomore year where her team went 22-10.  In the peak of the season, Palmer was ranked 3rd in 3-point percentage in the nation. 

After Mineral Area, Briley signed to play at Christian Brothers University in Memphis, TN.  She helped lead her team to a GSC Conference Tournament appearance her junior year.

After her senior year at Christian Brothers she was asked by head coach Sarah Condra to be the graduate assistant for the following season.  After she coached at Christian Brothers, Briley joined Gary Koch's staff at MAC. 

Briley and her husband Jimmy Palmer were married in the fall of 2014 and live in Farmington, MO with their daughter, Dayton Ann.  Jimmy is the head boys basketball and golf coach at North County High School and teaches Mathematics.  They are also expecting to have a new baby to arrive this coming April.

Cell Phone: 573-760-2649

School Phone: 573-518-2259


Assistant Basketball Coach - Allie Golden

Former Mineral Area forward Allie Golden will join the coaching staff this season.

Allie played the past two seasons at Mineral Area and was an important part of the 2016-17 Regional Championship. While she was at MAC she averaged 10.2 points a game and 5 rebounds a game.

Golden graduated from Potosi High School in 2016, where she was a four year starter. Allie is the all time scoring leader in Potosi High School history. She was also a three time all- conference, three time all-district and two time dream -team player.

Allie decided to return to Mineral Area, as part of the coaching staff with coaches Koch and Palmer, rather than continuing to play at the next level. Allie is currently taking courses at Central Methodist University.                         

Her future plans of coaching at the high school level were a major influence in her decision to return to MAC.

High School: Potosi High School

College: MIneral Area (AA)

Current College: Central Methodist University


Former Assistant Coach - Todd Koch