MVC Vikings Basketball Coaching Staff
Head Men's Basketball Coach
Chad Lance starts season No. 12 as the head coach for the Missouri Valley College men’s basketball program and is in his sixteenth season overall with the Vikings. The Vikings are looking forward to another successful season under the direction of Coach Lance. The Vikings have been nationally ranked in the NAIA in three different seasons. They have also taken pride in finishing in the top half of the conference. The Heart of America Athletic Conference ranks as one of the toughest conferences in the country. Since taking over the program Coach Lance has coached 22 all-conference players, four All-American selections and nine scholar-athletes. Coach Lance states that the success of the program is due to the commitment of the players. Also, Coach Lance became the program's all-time leader in career wins, with his 144th win over Hannibal-LaGrange University on Nov. 2, 2013. His 2014-2015 team advanced to the Buffalo Funds NAIA Division I Men's Basketball National Championship for the first time in 54 years, advancing to the second round. That team finished with a 22-11 record, the best under Lance, and the program's first Heart of America Athletic Conference Postseason Tournament championship.
“We have great people. Our program strives to recruit the best student, person, and player. It has been exciting to observe the growth and pride that former players have for the program,” said Coach Lance.
Coach Lance is a native of Centralia, Ill. He received his bachelor’s degree from MVC, and a master’s degree from Lindenwood University. Coach Lance is an instructor of physical education and the facility coordinator of the Burns Athletic Complex. He, and his wife, Ellen (MVC alumna), reside in Marshall, with their two children, Jace and Jada Rae.
- Assistant Men's Basketball Coach, Missouri Valley College 2001-2003
- Assistant Men's Basketball Coach, Hannibal-LaGrange College 2000-2001
- Graduate Assistant Men's Basketball Coach, MVC 1998-2000
Ramone Powell-Assistant Men's Basketball Coach
Coach Ramone Powell starts his fifth season as assistant men’s basketball coach, but has been part of the Viking family since 2003. He spent two years as a player and has been a part of the coaching staff since 2005. As an MVC graduate assistant he coached the men’s junior varsity team and assisted with the varsity.
A native of Fort Worth, Texas, Powell earned his bachelor’s degree in physical education from Missouri Valley College. He completed his master’s degree in Education Administration in May 2009 from Lindenwood University. Powell was a two-time All-Conference athlete at Fort Worth Southwest High School. He was named First Team All-Region at Brookhaven College in 2003 and Third Team All-American and First Team All-Conference in 2005 at MVC. Powell also teaches in the physical education department at MVC. He and his daughter, Saniya, reside in Marshall.