Rekha Patterson enters in her fifth season at the helm of the Southeast Missouri State Women’s Basketball program.
In just four years as a head coach, Patterson has guided the Redhawks to four-consecutive Ohio Valley Conference Tournament appearances, a first since the 2006-2009 seasons.
Patterson is an active member of the community, serving on the Cape Girardeau Public Library Board of Directors since 2017, the Southeast Missouri FCA Board since 2016 and has been a member of the Chamber of Commerce since 2015. She has been a guest speaker for many local civic groups, sports organizations and Chamber of Commerce events and was the 2016 keynote speaker for the Women’s Prayer Breakfast.
Academically, the Redhawks have an average of 3.30 GPA over the last four years. SEMO has had 29 student-athletes on the Commissioner’s Honor Roll. In 2015-16 and 2017-18 Ashton Luttrull received the OVC Medal of Honor.
Associate Head Coach
Mike Geary was hired as the Redhawks Associate Head Coach after spending one season as an assistant at Rhode Island.
Before Rhode Island, Geary spent five years at Saint Louis, starting as an assistant coach in June, 2013 after four seasons as an assistant at the University of Detroit Mercy. He was promoted to associate head coach at SLU in June 2014. He helped lead SLU’s program to two WNIT appearances and one Atlantic-10 regular-season co-championship during his tenure.
While with the Bilikens, Geary had five players named all-conference as well as two player of the year awards. SLU made the WNIT three times.
Detroit Mercy posted a 21-13 record and won the Women’s Basketball Invitational with Geary on staff in 2012-13. That followed a 2011-12 campaign that saw the Titans go 20-14 and earn a WNIT bid. During Geary’s tenure, Detroit Mercy improved its NCAA Ratings Percentage Index (RPI) from 220 to 97. Detriot Mercy also appeared in the WNIT one time, and had four athletes named to the all-conference team.
Assistant Coach/Recruiting Coordinator
Chanté Crutchfield enters her fifth season as an assistant coach with the Southeast Missouri women’s basketball program. Crutchfield was promoted to Recruiting Coordinator at the end of the 2017-18 season after landing an impressive class of recruits. 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.
Crutchfield recruited and signed Tesia Thompson, an ESPN Top 100 in the 2017 class. In 2018, Thompson was honored as the OVC Freshman of the Year, and named to the All-OVC Second-Team and All-Newcomer Team. This accolade was the first in program history. Thompson was Southeast’s top scorer as a freshman at 12.8 points per game and ranked second on the team with 5.3 rebounds and 51 steals.
Sakellie Daniels joins the Redhawks after working two seasons for Katie Meier at University of Miami.
Coach Meier also served as her head coach at UNC Charlotte from 2002-2005.The Hurricanes had two berths in the NCAA Tournament during Daniels stint, finishing with a compiled record of 46-20. Last season the Hurricanes hosted the first two rounds in Coral Gables. Daniels came to Miami from her alma mater, Hoke County (N.C.) High School, where she served as the head varsity basketball coach from 2015-17. She led the team to the state playoffs both of her seasons there, ending an eight-year drought. She also had the opportunity to coach Mahogany Matthews who is now a student-athlete at Marshall University.
Following her standout career with the Charlotte 49ers where she was named Team MVP 3 seasons 2004-2006. All Conference USA Freshman team, 2005 All Conference USA Second Team, 2006 First Team Atlantic 10 and Atlantic 10 All Defensive Team. Daniels was named a WNBA Draft prospect in 2006. She went on to play professionally for eight years in Europe, competing for teams in Germany, Switzerland, Lithuania, Finland and Romania.
Director of Operations
Courtney Smith was hired as Director of Operations in August of 2019. Smith will be responsible for business operations, Under Armour inventory, communications, team travel, community service and alumni coordinator. She will also assist with on-campus recruiting and camps.
Smith is a former Division I student-athlete who participated in track and field at Northern Illinois. She was a head track and field & cross country coach in Schaumburg, Illinois prior to SEMO. Smith has also worked as a Physical Education teacher and an Administrative Assistant in Cape Girardeau.
Smith resides in Jackson with her husband, Ray, daughters, Leila and Zoe, and son, Tripp.