Stacy Muckenthaler enters her fourth year as head coach of the Lady Bobcats. She has compiled a 63-50 record over the past three seasons. Last season her team captured the Association of Independent Institutions Conference Championship and went onto play in the NAIA National Championship tournament. Muckenthaler continues to recruit top athletes, adding three impressive freshman and a junior transfer to this year's squad. Muckenthaler has made valuable contributions to the Lady Bobcats' physical training and on-court success, while also impressing upon her team the importance of character and commitment both on and off the court.
After graduating from Republic in 2005, Muckenthaler attended Northeastern Oklahoma for two years, playing volleyball and basketball. Transferring to College of the Ozarks in 2007, she made an immediate impact on the team, earning MCAC First Team All-Conference and Newcomer of the Year honors. At the close of her playing career in 2008, Muckenthaler was named First Team All-Conference, NAIA All-American, and ranked #6 in NAIA Division I hitting percentage. As a student assistant in 2009, she helped the Lady Cats make an appearance in the NAIA National Championship--a feat she has repeated twice since becoming head coach. Muckenthaler graduated from College of the Ozarks in 2011 with a degree in Physical Education: Health/Wellness and completed her Masters Degree in Athletics Administration at William Woods University in 2013.
Coach Muckenthaler is also a full-time instructor in the College's Physical Education Department. She and her husband, Tanner, reside in Branson.
The Lady Bobcats welcome Nicole DeHaven in her first season as an assistant coach at College of the Ozarks. DeHaven played volleyball throughout high school, leading her team to finish second in state her junior year. She also received honors such as District Setter of the Year, All-District, All-Region, All-State, and All-State Tournament. Her freshman year of college, DeHaven played volleyball at East Texas Baptist University in Marshall as a setter/defensive specialist. She later transferred to Texas A&M University and continued to play volleyball on the Texas A&M Women’s Club Volleyball team as a setter. Her A&M Club Volleyball team finished 5th at Nationals this past spring.
While at ETBU, DeHaven coached at East Texas Juniors in Longview, which gave her experience on what it is like to coach from the bench instead of playing on the court. She has also coached at Brazos Valley Juniors in College Station, Texas and worked the Texas A&M Volleyball Summer Camps in 2016.
DeHaven graduated from Texas A&M University this past spring with a BS in Allied Health. She recently moved to Branson to attend Kanakuk Institute with the goal of growing in her faith and building a firm foundation in her walk with Christ. Her dream is to attend nursing school after this year and to continue to coach volleyball.
As an extremely motivated and passionate coach, DeHaven looks forward to a season filled with excitement, spiritual growth, hard work, and fun.