MINERAL AREA COLLEGE
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 11th season as the Head Women's Basketball Coach at Mineral Area College. Last season, the Mineral Area women won their first ever Region 16 Championship. During this season he 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 has a overall record of 171-106 for the nine years he has been at MAC. He now has a overall college coaching record of 244-128.
Before coming to MAC, Gary spent the previous six seasons at Jefferson College (Hillsboro, MO), serving as the head coach the last three years. In those seasons his teams had a 73-22 record, winning the MCCAC Conference in 2004-05. Jefferson College completed an undefeated MCCAC Conference and Region XVI regular-season run in the 2004-05 season, earninghe MCCAC Conference Coach of the Year honors, and were ranked as high as #9 in the NJCAA poll in his tenure. All 3 years at Jefferson, the team finished with All-American Academic honors, as well as finishing #1 in the nation in free throw shooting percentage.
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 started his career coaching high school boys. He spent four successful seasons at Valle Catholic High School (Ste. Genevieve, MO). His teams at Valle amassed a 63-45 record, winning two Missouri District Championships, a Sectional Title, and finished 9th in the Missouri Boy's basketball poll. He was named the "Conference Coach of the Year" when his team finished 26-5
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
Assistant Coach - Todd Koch
High School: Greely County (Tribune, KS)
College: Baylor University BS
Coach Todd Koch joined his father in the transition from Jefferson College to Mineral Area College in the spring of 2006. Todd has been around basketball his whole life, bringing over 16 years of men's college experience to the women's game.
Todd started his basketball coaching career at NCAA Division I - Baylor University (Waco, TX). While working with the Bears program, he had the opportunity to continue to learn hoops from Head Coach Gene Iba of the legendary Iba basketball family. He was part of a successful program at Baylor, which included trips to both the NCAA tournament and NIT tournament.
Koch moved from Baylor to NCAA Division I - New Mexico State University (Las Cruces, NM). While Koch was on staff, the program was consistently ranked in the top 20. The Aggies were the Great Alaskan Shootout Champions and Big West Conference Champions, making it to the NCAA Tournament in 1991. The Aggies advanced in the tournament but their run was cut short by Cincinnati for a chance to go to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen.
In 1992, Coach Koch became an Assistant Coach in the Men’s program at East Central College (Union, MO). The Rebels were successful in his tenure, as he was promoted to the Head Coaching position in 1998. At East Central, his student-athletes enjoyed a winning program and successful academics. Players from East Central have moved on to all levels of competition including playing professionally.
Todd joined the Women's basketball coaching staff at Jefferson College in 2003. He spent three years with the Vikings, helping the team to a MCCAC Conference Championship and 72-23 record before moving to Mineral Area College. Coach Koch and his wife, Jennifer, reside in High Ridge, and he works for Heimos Produce of St Louis, Missouri. Todd and Jen have 2 daughters, 6 year old Lexi and Avery who is 2.
Cell Phone: 314-650-3318
School Phone: 573-518-2259
Assistant Coach - Briley Palmer
High School: Farmington, (MO)
College: Mineral Area (AA), Christian Brothers University (B.S.) (Memphis, TN)
Former Mineral Area guard Briley Palmer (Milfeld) joined the coaching staff starting the 2012-2013 season.
Briley is entering her fourth season as an assistant coach at Mineral Area. Last season, Palmer helped lead the Cards to their first ever Region 16 Championship in school history. In her first year, Briley help 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 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. She finished her first season of coaching this past spring and took the opportunity offered to her by Coach Koch for this coming season.
Briley and her husband Jimmy Palmer were married in the fall of 2014 and live in Farmington, MO. Jimmy is the head boys basketball coach at North County High School and teaches Mathematics.
Cell Phone: 573-760-2649
School Phone: 573-518-2259