Mules Basketball Camps
Nate Johnson is in his sixth season as an assistant coach with the Mules in 2018-19 after serving as an assistant coach at the University of Missouri-Kansas City for one season.
Johnson has helped the Mules to an overall record of 110-48 over his five previous seasons in Warrensburg. In 2014-15, he helped UCM to a third straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament and a 25-7 overall record. In his first season in 2014-15, Johnson helped the Mules to their third straight MIAA regular season championship and the NCAA Division II National Championship.
Before going to UMKC, Johnson was an assistant coach at Moberly (Mo.) Area Community College for three seasons, helping the Greyhounds to a pair of regular season conference titles. He got his coaching start during the 2008-09 season as a graduate assistant for both the men’s and women’s teams at Trinity Valley Community College in Texas.
The Kansas City, Mo. native started his playing career at MACC, where he earned second team All-America honors and led his squad to a fifth place finish at the national tournament. He averaged 10.2 points, 7.3 assists, 3.1 steals and 3.0 rebounds per game and was named Region XVI Most Valuable Player.
Johnson moved on to the NCAA Division I level and played his final two seasons at Florida State, where he started all 62 games during his career. As a senior, he led the ACC in assist-to-turnover ratio at 3.2 and assists per game at 3.8. He earned his bachelor’s degree in social science from FSU in 2004.
After his college career, he played professionally in Europe for three years in Slovenia, Germany and England. He also played in the CBA from 2007-08.
Johnson is a graduate of Ruskin High in Kansas City, where he averaged 25.0 points and 7.0 assists per game as a senior earning all-metro and all-district honors. He is the nephew of former Jennies basketball player and UCM and MIAA Hall of Famer Rosie Jones.
Chris Richardson enters his fifth season at the University of Central Missouri in 2018-19. Over the past four seasons, he has helped UCM to an overall record of 80-41, with three 20-win seasons during that time.
Prior to joining the Mules, Richardson spent two seasons as the top assistant at Delta State University, a Division II school in Cleveland, Miss. At DSU, Richardson helped engineer one of the nation’s most impressive two-year turnarounds, taking a program that won just six games during the 2011-12 season and winning 38 games over the next two seasons and culminating with a berth in the NCAA-II South Region Finals in 2014.
As recruiting coordinator, he signed Devin Schmidt, who ended his career as the all-time leading scorer in school and conference history, 2014 Gulf South Player of the Year Willie Readus and the 2015 State Farm College Slam Dunk Champion Laquavious Cotton.
Richardson also served as an assistant coach at Fairmont State, the University of Charleston, and Arkansas Tech University, where he worked alongside Karleskint in helping the Wonder Boys to a 30-2 record and number one national ranking during the 2009-10 season.
Richardson began his career as an intern with the NBA’s Memphis Grizzlies, where he worked for General Manager Chris Wallace. With the Grizzlies, Richardson was responsible for assisting Wallace and the basketball operations staff in preparations for the NBA Draft and summer free agency period. He also assisted the Grizzlies media relations staff with production of the team’s media guide and content for Grizzlies.com.
The 2008 West Virginia University graduate is a native of Charleston, W.Va., and completed his Master of Science in Kinesiology at UCM in 2016. He and his wife, Katie, reside in Warrensburg.
Graduate Assistant Coach
Italo Araujo enters his second season with Mules basketball in 2018-19 after helping the red and black to a 20-10 record last year. Araujo, a native of Brazil, came to UCM after serving as an assistant coach at St. James Academy in Lenexa, Kan. He helped lead the Thunder to a 14-8 record in 2016-17 while working for head coach Stan Dohm.
Araujo has also been very active on the grassroots basketball circuit, serving as a coach for Nike Elite Youth Basketball League (EYBL) member MOKAN from 2013-16. With MOKAN, Araujo helped develop a number of student-athletes who have gone on to play at the collegiate level. In addition, Coach Araujo has traveled all over the United States directing skill development camps for Breakthrough Basketball.
As a player, Araujo was a two-year letterman for legendary coach Rocky Lamar at MidAmerica Nazarene University in Olathe, Kan. As a junior, Araujo and the Pioneers made it all the way to the NAIA Final Four. Coach Araujo graduated from MidAmerica with a degree in Exercise Science, and is working towards a master’s degree in Exercise Science from UCM.
Student Assistant Coach
Tyler Long begins his third season as a student assistant with the Mules program in 2018-19. Long serves in a variety of capacities within the team, assisting the UCM staff with practice, equipment, travel, video work, and day-to-day operations. Long also helps direct the Doug Karleskint Basketball Camps at UCM every summer.
A Warrensburg native, Long has been watching the Mules play for virtually his entire life. He is a 2016 Warrensburg High School graduate, where he played for head coach Chris Nimmo and the Tigers. Tyler is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Sport Management from UCM.
Student Assistant Coach
Shane Sweany begins his third season with the Mules basketball program in 2018-19 as a student assistant. In his role, Sweany assists the UCM coaching staff with day to day operations and organization including equipment, travel, film exchange, and practice planning. Sweany also helps organize and coordinate the Doug Karleskint Basketball Camps every summer.
Sweany is a 2016 graduate of Olathe South High School, where he was a three-year member of the varsity team as a standout shooting guard and is currently pursuing a degree in Sport Management.
Student Assistant Coach
Cody Stratton joined the Mules for the 2017-18 season after transferring from the University of Northern Iowa. He serves as a student assistant.
In his role, Stratton assists the coaching staff with video responsibilities/editing, practice preparation, laundry, program organization and team travel among other things. He also helps organize and direct the Doug Karleskint Basketball Camps. Stratton is a 2016 graduate of Des Moines Christian High School. He is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Sport Management from UCM.