HEAD COACH KATIE FALCO
Falco enters her first season at the helm for Lindenwood after spending the previous 10 seasons as an assistant coach at NCAA DI South Dakota State. She helped guide the Jackrabbits to 10 postseason appearances, four Summit League regular-season titles and a 248-87 overall record. With SDSU, Falco was responsible for recruiting, scouting and coaching the team's perimeter players.
In addition to her on-court responsibilities, Falco served as the Jackrabbits' academic coordinator. In this capacity, she guided the team to the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Academic Top 25 Team Honor roll in seven of her nine years. Additionally, the Jackrabbits finished with the nation's top GPA during the 2010-11 season.
Prior to SDSU, Falco worked as an assistant coach at Montana State for three seasons. With her on staff, MSU oversaw a program that went from three wins in 2005-06 to 18 wins in 2007-08 and an appearance in the Big Sky Conference Championship game.
A native of Solon, Iowa, Falco was a standout player at Northern Iowa, ending her career fifth on the UNI career scoring charts with 1,343 points. A first-team All-Missouri Valley Conference performer in 2003, she finished second in the league with 18.2 points per game, leading the Panthers to their second Women's NIT appearance in three years. She also set a UNI record for career free-throw percentage at 82.4 percent, making an MVC-record 53 consecutive free throws as a freshman.
Falco also excelled in the classroom, earning Verizon Academic All-America honors in 2003 while completing a Bachelor of Arts degree in sports psychology. She pursued a master's degree in physical education at Utah State, where she served two years as graduate assistant for an Aggie women's basketball team that was reinstated following a 16-year hiatus.
She and her husband, David, are the parents of Dominic, Jillian and Sullivan.