Becky Vest enters her fifth year at the helm of the Lady Bobcats program, having posted her 100th win this past season. Her teams have tallied a 107-29 record, winning more than 20 games each season.
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. During her tenure as head and assistant coach, the Lady Bobcats have compiled a 432-83 record.
As a member of the Association of Independent Institutions the past two seasons, Coach Vest’s Lady Bobcats have finished the regular season in first place, each year posting a 10-0 conference record and going on to play in the NAIA National Championship tournament. The Lady Cats finished atop the MCAC Conference at the close of Vest's second season (2014-15).
In addition, the Lady Cats have qualified for the national tournament each year of her tenure, where they have been an Elite Eight team nine of the last twelve seasons, made six trips to the Fab Four, and posted five National Championship Runner-up finishes. As head coach, Vest has coached one first-team All-American, two second-team All-Americans, one third-team All-American, two honorable mention All-Americans, and four NAIA Scholar Athletes.
Her personal accolades as head coach include being named the Association of Independent Institutions Division II Women's Basketball Coach of the Year in 2015-16 and 2017-18, and the National Christian College Athletic Association Division I Women's Basketball Regional Coach of the Year for 2016-17 and 2017-18.
Vest played for College of the Ozarks 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. 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.
Strongly committed to the mission of the College, Vest strives 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. She leads by example and motivates her players to work hard toward achieving the expected level of excellence in the program and the classroom.
Dave Stallman enters his fourth season as the Lady Bobcats' Assistant Coach. Stallman’s strength is his knowledge with individual player development—particularly on the offensive side.
Stallman played basketball at Melhville High School, where he was a High School All-American, and then signed with the University of Missouri. Stallman later transferred to Missouri Western University, acquiring a Bachelors degree in Leisure Management and Criminal Justice. He also holds a degree in Biblical Studies from the Midwest Bible Institute. Stallman has coached basketball at all levels and worked side by side with many well-known coaches and trainers during his career.
Coach Stallman also serves as an associate pastor at Sanctuary of Hope in Branson.