Head Coach - Luke Strege
Luke Strege is entering his fourth season as the head basketball coach at Mineral Area College. In his three years at the helm, Coach Strege has amassed an overall record of 76-18. This past season, MAC was 23-9 overall and was the runner-up in the Region 16 Tournament. Two seasons ago Coach Strege lead the Cardinals to a 28-3 record and a top 10 national ranking. In his first season as coach, Coach Strege lead the Cardinals to a 25-6 record. MAC was ranked as high as #13 in the country that season.
Strege is the fourth coach in the the history of the program. He comes to the Park Hills, Mo., community college having finished his fifth season as the assistant men’s basketball coach and recruiting coordinator at Eastern Kentucky University. While at Eastern Kentucky, Strege helped guide the Colonels to an Ohio Valley Conference Championship in 2014 and a berth to the NCAA National Tournament. Eastern Kentucky’s 49 wins from 2012-2014 are the most during any two-year period in program history.
Before arriving at Eastern, Strege served six years on the staff at Quincy University in Quincy, Ill. In 2009-2010, Strege helped the Hawks finish 23-9 overall while climbing to as high as #10 in the Division II national polls. Quincy earned a spot in the 2010 NCAA Division II Tournament and advanced to the Sweet 16 for the first time in school history. In 2007-2008, Strege was promoted to Quincy’s associate head coach. In Strege’s six seasons at Quincy, the Hawks posted six consecutive winning seasons and advanced to four NCAA Division II Tournaments.
Strege began his collegiate coaching career in 2000-2001 as a graduate assistant at the University of Georgia. He then spent two more years as a graduate assistant at Western Kentucky University (2001-2003). Before moving to Quincy, Strege served as an Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach at Towson University in Baltimore in 2003-2004.
Mineral Area College Athletic Director Chad Mills said he and others are “thrilled” to have Strege on board. “Luke brings fifteen years of experience at the Division I and Division II level,” Mills said. “More than his ability to coach, we’re excited about the high character that Luke brings to MAC. He is a great family man and he will do an outstanding job of representing both the community and the college.”
Strege graduated from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse in 1999 with bachelor’s degree in marketing. He and his wife Christine, are proud parents of Mason, Griffin, and Jaxon.
- University of Georgia (Graduate Assistant, 2000-2001)
- Western Kentucky (Graduate Assistant, 2001-2003)
- Towson (Assistant Coach, 2003-2004)
- Quincy (Assistant Coach- Associate Head Coach, 2004-2010)
- Eastern Kentucky University (Assistant Coach, 2010-2015)
Assistant Coach- Joe Penno
Joe Penno returns to Mineral Area for his third season as an assistant coach following a 51-12 record in his first two years with the program. He was instrumental in the winningest regular season in program history (28 wins), as well as the longest winning streak in program history (24 wins). He helped with the development of four All-Region XVI performers in Shawn Roundtree, Lamar Morgan, Devin Thomas, and Zac Cuthbertson in 2016-2017; with Cutbertson winning the Region XVI Player of the Year, and three more (Bobby Parker, Roman Young, and Jamie Ahale) in 2017-2018. More importantly, Coach Penno assisted in the academic affairs and subsequent graduation of all eight of the Mineral Area College sophomores as they all moved on to earn full scholarships at four-year institutions. They continued the trend in 2017-2018 graduating their seven sophomores, sending five on to earn full athletic scholarships.
Coach Penno came to Mineral Area from Centre College in Danville, Kentucky, graduating in May of 2016. While at Centre, Coach Penno was the head running backs coach for the Centre College football team his final three years of college following an injury sustained his freshman year. During this time, the program won two conference championships, earning one trip to the NCAA Division III playoffs in 2014. The Centre offense ranked in the Top 10 nationally in total offense and rushing yards per game the three years Joe was coaching. Additionally, he was responsible for three first team All-Conference running backs and one All-American.
Joe was born and raised in Kettering, Ohio and was a 2012 graduate of Archbishop Alter High School. During high school, Coach Penno was a two-time state champion and All-State running back for Alter’s football program and captain for the basketball team playing for legendary high school coach Joe Petrocelli who is 2nd all-time in the state for wins.