HEAD COACH KATIE FALCO
Katie Falco enters her third year at the helm of the Lindenwood women's basketball program in the 2020-21 season.
The 2019-20 season saw continued success for the program, as the team finished 19-9, with a 14-6 mark in the GLVC. Falco helped formulate one of the top offenses in the entire conference, as the team finished second in scoring offense, putting up 77.6 points per game as a unit. Under the tutelage of Falco, players enjoyed record-setting seasons, with Kallie Bildner becoming the school's career points leader, en route to a unanimious All-Conference first team selection. Devin Fuhring and Lindsay Medlen also excelled under Falco, as both players were second-team All-Conference honorees. The team captured a 20-point victory in the GLVC Tournament as a five seed, beating the four seed Truman State, 79-59. The team was selected to play in the NCAA Division II Championship Tournament as an at-large team, marking the second-straight season Falco has achieved that as head coach of the Lions.
In Falco's first season as head coach of the Lions, the team finished 21-8, which was the most wins for Lindenwood in the NCAA-era. Additionally, Falco oversaw the development of Kallie Bildner to a D2CCA All-Central Region selection. In conference games, the Lions were 14-5, earning the three seed in the MIAA Conference Championship and placing three players on the All-MIAA teams. Though the Lions fell in the MIAA Championship, Lindenwood received an at-large bid to the NCAA Central Regional, the first at-large bid in program history. The Lions finished the season with a .470 field goal percentage, a Lindenwood record and the seventh-best mark in the NCAA that season. Lindenwood also finished eighth in the NCAA with a 9.4 rebounding margin. In the classroom, the Lions finished the year with a 3.691 GPA, seventh in the nation.
Falco came to Lindenwood in the summer of 2018 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 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.