Becky Vest's first year at the helm of the Lady Bobcats program was positive and exceptional--posting a 22-8 regular season record, and leading the Lady Bobcats once again into the NAIA Division II National Championship game. Coach Vest, as head coach and eleven-year assistant, has been instrumental in helping the Lady Bobcats become one of the top NAIA programs in the nation, as well as the Midlands Conference. During Coach Vest’s tenure as head and assistant coach, the Lady Bobcats have compiled a 352-64 record. The team has been to the national tournament each year and has been an Elite Eight team eight of the last ten seasons, including six trips to the Final Four and five National Tournament Runner-up finishes.
Coach Vest is strongly committed to the mission of the college, striving to recruit student-athletes who meet the standards of the college and can uphold the tradition of the women's basketball program both on and off the court. Coach Vest leads by example and motivates her players to work hard toward achieving the expected level of excellence in the program and the classroom. She played an instrumental role in the team winning the 2011-2012 NAIA Buffalo Funds annual award and What's Right in Sports Award due to their fundraising efforts for the Joplin High School girls basketball program following the devastating Joplin tornado.
Coach Vest played for Coach Wilson for two years after transferring from John Brown University. She graduated from C of O in 2003 cum laude with a double major in secondary education and physical education. Coach Vest completed her master’s degree in Physical Education at Missouri State in 2005 and is currently a full-time Assistant Professor in the College's Physical Education Department. She is a graduate of Stoutland High School.
Dave Stallman will serve as the Lady Bobcats' new Assistant Coach for the 2014-2015 season. Stallman, originally from St. Louis, Missouri, replaces Lady Cat record-holder Morgan Smith, who recently moved from the area.
Stallman played basketball at Melhville High School, where he was a High School All American, and then signed with the University of Missouri. He has coached basketball at all levels and worked side by side with many well-known coaches and trainers during his career.
Stallman develops players’ strengths and improves their weaknesses so they can become better players, teammates and overall athletes. Coach Stallman also serves as an associate pastor at Sanctuary of Hope in Branson.