Rekha (ree-KUH) Patterson is in her third season at the helm of the Southeast Missouri State Women’s Basketball program.
In just two years as a head coach, Patterson has guided the Redhawks to back-to-back Ohio Valley Conference Tournament appearances, a first since the 2008 and 2009 seasons. In 2016-17, Patterson mentored Bri Mitchell, the first First Team All-OVC performer out of Southeast since Missy Whitney in 2007-08. Mitchell’s senior season followed a Second Team-caliber junior season.
Mitchell and fellow 2016-17 senior Olivia Hackmann both topped the 1,000-point marks in their Redhawk careers. As a team, Southeast ranked second in the league in assists (479), fewest turnovers, scoring offense (73.9 points per game), and 3-point shooting percentage (34.9%). Individually, point guard Adrianna Murphy led the OVC in assists per game (5.8) and second in total assists (174).
Assistant Coach/Defensive Coordinator
Marc Wilson is in his first season as Assistant Coach/Defensive Coordinator at Southeast Missouri. He serves as the post coach as well as assists in a number of areas in the program.
Wilson brings 20 years of coaching and recruiting experience to Southeast. He most recently served as a girls’ basketball coach at Butler Traditional High School in Louisville, Kentucky for the past year. He helped the Bears to a 33-3 overall record and a second consecutive Sweet 16 appearance.
Prior to his stint at Butler, he spent 19 seasons at the Division I ranks, most recently as an assistant coach and defensive coordinator at Clemson University. He joined the Tigers’ staff in 2013 and held the position through the 2015-16 season. He helped the Tigers to the most wins (13, 2013-14) in a season since 2009.
Assistant Coach/Recruiting Coordinator
Chanté Crutchfield is in her third season as an assistant coach with the Southeast Missouri women’s basketball program. Crutchfield serves as recruiting coordinator and assists with camps, scouting and player development.
In her first season at Southeast, Crutchfield helped lead the Redhawks to a 15-15 finish on the season and an 8-8 record in OVC play, finishing tied for fifth in the 12-team league.
Crutchfield helped mentor guard Bri Mitchell from 2015 to 2017. Mitchell was named First Team All-OVC in 2016-17 and Second Team the year prior. She became the first SEMO player to earn First Team honors since Missy Whitney in 2007-08. Mitchell became the 18th member of Southeast’s 1,000-Point Club in 2016-17.
Morgan Eye joined the SEMO women’s basketball staff prior to the 2017-18 season. She coaches the Redhawk guards and also assists in all aspects of the program.
Eye comes to Southeast from the University of Missouri, her alma mater. She most recently filled the role of Graduate Student Manager for the Tigers Women’s Basketball team. During her two years as a graduate manager, Eye was responsible for opponent film and video breakdown, oversight of the scout team, position breakdown, marketing for the Tiger Paws and Show-Me Squad, along with numerous other duties ranging from team travel to camps.
Eye was a student-athlete for the Tigers from 2011-15. Eye holds the program record for career (367), season (112) and single-game (11) 3-pointers. She played in 127 career games (84 starts) and averaged 10.8 points, 3.6 rebounds, and 1.3 assists per contest. She reached double figures in scoring in over 50 games throughout her career.
Director of Operations
Brooke Hengst returns for her second season as the women’s basketball Director of Operations. She assists with program budget, coordinate travel, alumni affairs, and community service as well as assist the coaching staff with on-campus recruiting.
Prior to her current role with the women’s basketball team, Hengst served as a graduate assistant for Southeast Missouri’s Purchasing Card Program. There, she helped develop and administer training material and served as the liaison between the university and financial institutions for the program.
Hengst graduated Magna Cum Laude from Southeast in May 2014 with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting with an emphasis on Finance.