Dave Slifer enters his 13th season at the helm of the Jennies in the 2016-17 season. With a 227-129 record, Slifer is just two wins away from becomming the all-time winningest coach in program history. Slifer earned his 600th career win in the final game of the 2014-15 season and is 51st all-time in the NCAA with a 611-228 career record.
Among active head coaches, Slifer is the seventh winningest active head coach in Division II and 30th across all three divisions. His .728 winning percentage is 16th among all active NCAA Coaches.
At Central Missouri, Slifer has coached three WBCA All-Americans, two CoSIDA Academic All-American, as well as numerous all-region players, an MIAA Freshman of the Year, and a Presidential Scholar. He has also coached two academic all-MIAA, four academic all-districts, 22 All-MIAA, and 39 MIAA Academic Honor Roll honorees. In 2016, senior Shelby Winkelmann was named the CoSIDA Academic All-American of the Year for Division II women's basketball.
Slifer led the Jennies to four straight 20+ win seasons from 2011-2015 with the Jennies mark of 21-9 in 2014-15, That marks the longest stretch of 20+ win seasons since UCM had 11 straight 20+ win seasons from 1981-92.
2015-16 saw the Jennies fall to 11-18 on the season, however the team did win their opening round MIAA Tournament game at Washburn. During the season, Winkelmann scored her 1,000th career point and finished her career 11th all-time in points scored.
In the 2013-14 season, Slifer guided Central Missouri to its best record in the last 23 years (26-5) and the team’s first outright MIAA regular season title since 1990-91. The Jennies went on to win their first NCAA Tournament game since the 2005-06 season in an 82-69 victory over Northern State in the Central Regional quarterfinals on March 14, 2014.
He was named the WBCA Central Region Coach of the Year following the 2012-13 season after leading the Jennies to a 24-6 record and their third NCAA Tournament appearance in the past four seasons.
Slifer picked up his 500th career victory in 2010-11, in a narrow 56-53 win at Missouri Western. He earned his 600th career win in the Jennies final win of the 2014-15 season. UCM defeated Missouri Southern in the quarterfinal round of the MIAA Championship to give Slifer win No. 600.
In the 2012-13 season, the Jennies qualified for the NCAA Tournament for the second consecutive season as the No. 2 seed. The Jens’ 24 wins were the most in a season since 1989-90. Forward Keuna Flax was honored as a Division II All-American and was one of three Jennies named to the All-MIAA team.
In the 2011-12 season, the Jennies returned to the NCAA Tournament, winning 20 games for the first time since 2005-06.
In the 2009-10 season, Slifer led the Jennies to their third NCAA postseason appearance since his arrival, finishing with a 19-12 overall record and 13-7 MIAA mark. That year the Jens played in the championship game of the MIAA Tournament and pushed their way into the NCAA Tournament in Canyon, Texas.
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 a 23-8 overall record and a trip to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2000. 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. 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.
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 NAIA 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 is an assistant coach with the Jennies, have three children: daughters Brittney and Maggie, and son D.J. Brittney played for the Jennies from 2008-10 and D.J. played for the Mules from 2009-12 and is currently the Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach at Texas A&M Kingsville.