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Nate Johnson
Assistant Coach

Nate Johnson is in his third season as an assistant coach with the Mules in 2015-16 after serving as an assistant coach at the University of Missouri-Kansas City for one season.

Last season 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. The Mules have compiled a 55-12 record during his two seasons with the club.

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
Graduate Assistant Coach

Chris Richardson is in his second season as a graduate assistant with the Mules after spending the previous two seasons as the head assistant at Delta State.

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 2014 and 2015 GSC Freshmen of the Year, 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.

In seven seasons of college coaching, Richardson has been a part of teams that have an overall record of 137-72, which includes four 20-win seasons, two conference championships, three NCAA tournament appearances and one conference tournament championship. During that span he has coached 16 all-conference players and three All-Americans.

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

The 2008 West Virginia University graduate is a native of Charleston, W.Va., and is currently pursuing a Master’s of Kinesiology from UCM with a concentration in Sport Management.

Preston Brunz
Graduate Assistant Coach

Preston Brunz is in his first season as a graduate assistant with the Mules after a two-year playing career.

He was a part of two MIAA Regular Season Championship teams, an MIAA Tournament title, regional championship and the 2014 NCAA-II National Championship. He started 20 of 27 games played during the 2013-14 championship run, including all six NCAA Tournament games. He scored nine points and pulled down five rebounds in the national championship game win over West Liberty.

The Mules were 55-12 during his two seasons in a UCM uniform. He started 52 of 59 games played, averaging 6.9 points, 1.9 assists and 1.7 rebounds per game. He scored in double figures 19 times during his career, made 78 three-point field goals, and shot 84 percent at the free throw line. He also shot nearly 43 percent from behind the three-point line during his two-year career. Brunz was a three-year member of the MIAA Academic Honor Roll and earned MIAA Scholar-Athlete honors as a senior.

The Mankato, Minnesota native earned his bachelor’s degree in safety management and is currently pursuing his master’s degree at UCM.

Preston Brethour
Student Assistant Coach

Preston Brethour is in his second season as a student assistant with the Mules Basketball program.

During his first season with UCM in 2014-15 he handled much of the Mules’ game-tape responsibilities.

Dustin Hall
Student Assistant Coach

Dustin Hall is in his first season as a student assistant with the Mules Basketball program in 2015-16.



Richard Woods
Student Assistant Coach

Richard Woods is in his first season as a student assistant with the Mules Basketball program in 2015-16.