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Head Coach Dave Slifer
Dave Slifer enters his tenth season at the helm of the Jennies, compiling a 169-97 record at UCM. He is the ninth-winningest active coach in NCAA Division II women’s basketball with a 552-196 (.738) overall record. Most recently, Slifer was named the Russell Athletic WBCA Division II Central Region Coach of the Year for the 2012-2013 season.
At Central Missouri, Slifer has coached an Academic All-American, All-Region, MIAA Freshman of the Year, and Presidential Scholar. He has also coached two Academic All-MIAA, four academic all-districts, 16 All-MIAA, and 24 Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll honorees. In this most recent season, junior- Keuna Flax received both Dakronics All-American Second Team and WBCA All-American Honorable Mention honors.
Most recently, Slifer led the Jennies to a NCAA postseason appearance finishing with a 24-6 overall record and 14-4 MIAA mark for the 2012-2013 season. The Jens had one of their most successful seasons in recent history, as the team recorded the most victories in a single season since 1989-90. They finished second in the MIAA regular season, their best placing since 1999-00. This was the Jens’ third appearance in the NCAA Tournament in the past four years. In 2012, Slifer led the Jennies to a NCAA postseason appearance finishing with a 20-9 overall record and 13-7 MIAA finish. In 2010, the Jennies also appeared in the NCAA postseason tournament, the first in four years, finishing with a 19-12 overall record and 13-7 MIAA mark.
In 2005-06, he led the Jennies to at least 20 wins for the second consecutive season for the first time since 1995-96 and 1996-97, and consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances for the first time since 1996-97 and 1997-98. The NCAA?berth marked the 10th straight season he had taken a team to the tournament.
In his first season Slifer led the Jennies to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2000 and a 23-8 overall record. The Jens also finished third in the MIAA (13-5) and had a No. 25 final WBCA ranking.
Prior to UCM, Slifer was Missouri Western’s mentor, where he posted a record of 205-69. After going 16-12 in his inaugural season with the Lady Griffons, he enjoyed eight consecutive seasons of 21 or more wins. The winningest coach in Missouri Western women’s basketball history, he was named Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association Coach of the Year three times and led Missouri Western to a pair of MIAA titles, two MIAA Tournament Championships, and eight consecutive NCAA Tournaments. His Griffons also enjoyed a string of seven straight years in the MIAA Tournament Championship game.
Before his stint at Missouri Western, Slifer served six seasons at Mount Mercy College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He won at least 28 games all six seasons, and led the Mustangs to six straight National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Tournaments, including the Final Four in 1993-94 and 1994-95. Overall, Slifer produced a record of 178-30 (.856) at Mount Mercy.
Slifer received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Mount Mercy in 1982, and a master’s degree in business administration from Eastern Illinois University in 1985.
He and his wife, Tammy, who serves as an Assistant Coach on his staff, have three children: daughters Brittney and Maggie, and son D.J. Brittney played for the Jennies from 2008-10 and D.J. just recently finished his playing career for the Mules.