Women's Basketball - Coaching Staff


Head Coach - Gary Koch

High School:  Lutheran South (St. Louis, MO)

College:       Southeast Missouri State University  BS

                    Southeast Missouri State University  MA  

"Our program has elevated to a “powerhouse” in Region 16 and very respected outside of Region 16. Throughout the thirteen years I’ve been here we’ve had an excellent coaching staff and outstanding players. We’ve been ranked as high as 9th in the Nation, won 2 regional championships, and 3 conference championship, have had 9 All-Americans and 22 Academic All-Americans. In 13 seasons our teams have an overall record of 248-148. In 16 seasons we’ve won 319-170. Our goal is to keep recruiting our type of student-athlete and reach the National Tournament. We’re Close!!"

Coach Koch is married to Mary Lu and has 6 children and resides in Farmington, Mo. He was educated at Lutheran High School South in St. Louis and has a masters degree from Southeast Missouri University.

Coach Gary Koch Information:

Cell Phone: 314-560-2125

School Phone: 573-518-2259

Email: gkoch@mineralarea.edu

Assistant Coach - Briley Palmer


High School:  Farmington, (MO)

College:  Mineral Area (AA),  Christian Brothers University (B.S.) (Memphis, TN)

Central Methodist University (Masters of Education) 

Briley is entering her eighth season as an assistant coach at Mineral Area.  Briley has been instrumental in the Lady Cards winning the Region 16 title two times since she has been back. In 2015, Coach Palmer helped lead the team to the school's first-ever Region 16 Championship.  In her first year, Briley helped the Lady Cards in reaching as high as #13 in the NJCAA poll.

Palmer graduated from Farmington High School in 2007 where she helped lead her team to an appearance in the state championship game.  This was the first school history.  Her senior year she has voted an All-Region, All-District, All-Conference, and Dream-Team player. 

In the spring of her senior year, she signed her letter of intent to play for Coach Koch at Mineral Area.  At Mineral Area, Palmer came in to play a big role as a freshman and carried her leadership over to her sophomore year where her team went 22-10.  In the peak of the season, Palmer was ranked 3rd in 3-point percentage in the nation. 

After Mineral Area, Briley signed to play at Christian Brothers University in Memphis, TN.  She helped lead her team to a GSC Conference Tournament appearance in her junior year.

After her senior year at Christian Brothers, she was asked by head coach Sarah Condra to be the graduate assistant for the following season.  After she coached at Christian Brothers, Briley joined Gary Koch's staff at MAC again. 

Briley and her husband Jimmy Palmer were married in the fall of 2014 and live in Farmington, MO with their daughters, Dayton and Nola.  Jimmy is the head boys basketball and golf coach at North County High School and teaches Mathematics.  

School Phone: 573-518-2259


Assistant Basketball Coach - Allie Golden

Former Mineral Area forward Allie Golden is entering into her second season as an assistant coach here at Mineral Area.

Allie played at Mineral Area from 2016-2018 and was a key member of the 2016-17 Regional Championship. While at MAC she averaged 10 points and 6 rebounds a game. She earned 1st team All-Conference and 2nd team All-Region honors while playing for the Lady Cardinals.

Golden graduated from Potosi High School in 2016, where she was a four-year starter. Allie is the all-time scoring leader in Potosi High School history. She as well earned three-time All-Conference and three-time All-District honors and was a two-time dream-team player.

Allie decided to return to Mineral Area, as part of the coaching staff with coaches Koch and Palmer. She is excited to be a part of growing and continuing the success here at Mineral Area.     

High School: Potosi High School

College: Mineral Area (AA)

Current College: Central Methodist University

Contact info:  Cell Phone: 573-366-5817

School Phone: 573-518-2259

Email: agolden@mineralarea.edu