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Northwest Missouri State University

Coaching Staff

Coaching Staff

Buck ScheelBuck Scheel
Head Coach

Buck Scheel was named the eighth head coach in Northwest history on March 22, 2016. He served as the team's interim head coach for the final 18 games of the 2015-16 season.

Prior to arriving at Northwest, Scheel worked three seasons as the top assistant at State Fair Community College (SFCC) in Sedalia.

While at SFCC where the program went 68-28 and advanced to the Region 16 tournament all three years, including a Region 16 championship in 2011. The Lady Roadrunners also captured the program’s first victory in the NJCAA National Tournament. Scheel’s duties at SFCC included game preparation, along with scouting, and film exchange. He was also involved in recruiting and coaching the offense.

Prior to his time at SFCC, he served as the head women’s basketball coach at Southwestern Community College in Creston, Iowa, from 2007 to 2010. During his time at SWCC, Scheel coached multiple all-conference athletes both on the floor and in the classroom.

During the summer of 2009, Scheel served as a curriculum designer and instructor for Midwest Elite Basketball. He designed and directed specific camps that fit the systems for the teams involved in the camps.

Scheel also brings a solid resume as a player. He played junior college basketball at Lincoln School of Commerce, now Kaplan University in Lincoln, Neb., where he was a co-captain for two seasons. He helped lead his team to the school’s first 20-win season and was named the team's MVP in 2003. He earned an associate's degree in business administration.

Scheel transferred to Waldorf College in Forest City, Iowa, where he was a co-captain for two years. As a senior, he helped lead his team to its first winning season in NAIA Division II. The team also advanced to the Midwest Classic Conference championship game. He began his coaching career at Waldorf serving as a student assistant for one year.

While at Waldorf, he received his bachelor’s degree in business management with an emphasis in marketing. He also received a master’s degree in sports management from Columbia Southern University in Orange Beach, Ala. Scheel is a native of Columbus, Neb.

Heather HowardHeather Howard
Assistant Coach

Heather Howard was hired as the Northwest assistant women's basketball coach on May 2, 2016. She spent the previous two seasons as the assistant coach at Cornell College in Iowa.

Howard was a standout at Shawnee Mission West High School, earning second-team KBCA and Topeka Capital Journal All-State honors as a senior. She also earned first team All-Star Johnson County, All-Sun Country and All-Sunflower League honors. She went on to letter three times at Oklahoma State, playing in 69 contests from 2009-12, earning Academic All-Big 12 first team honors twice. OSU appeared in the 2010 NCAA Division I Tournament and won the 2011-12 WNIT Tournament. Howard finished her career at Missouri Western, starting all 28 games while averaging 13.1 points and 9.5 rebounds during the 2012-13 season. She spent one season as the graduate assistant at Missouri Western following her playing career in 2013-14.