State Fair Community College head basketball coaches Darren Pannier and Dale Ribble are stepping down and will be succeeded by their assistants, effective July 1.
Pannier, women’s head coach, is leaving that job to spend more time with his family. He will continue in his positions as SFCC athletic director and physical education program coordinator and will become director of the Fred E. Davis Multipurpose Center.
Kevin Bucher will take over as women’s head coach. He has served as assistant women’s coach for five years and as director of the Davis Center since coming to SFCC in 2003.
Ribble, men’s head coach for the past three seasons, is leaving SFCC to become the assistant men’s basketball coach at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.
The new men’s head coach will be Kevin Thomas, who has been assistant men’s coach and assistant to the director of residence life for three years.
A search will be conducted for new coaching assistants, who are heavily involved in recruitment and assist with daily operations.
Pannier just finished his fifth year at the helm of the Lady Roadrunners basketball program after seven years as assistant coach. This is his 11th year as athletic director. He is serving his second year as NJCAA Region 16 director for women’s athletics.
Bucher, a native of Delta, Mo., came to SFCC after coaching at Howard Junior College, Connors State College, Moberly Area community College, and Northwest Missouri Community College. He also served as the assistant women’s’ basketball coach at Central Methodist College and Arkansas State University.
He received a Bachelor of Science degree from Central Methodist College and a master’s degree in physical education from the University of Missouri-Columbia.
As a former Drury University standout, Thomas wrapped up a two-year career in 2005 as the team’s leading scorer his senior year, averaging 12.7 points per game. In his junior year he started all 32 games and averaged 9.1 points per game.
A Jacksonville, Fla., native, Thomas received his undergraduate degree in history and education and a master’s degree in education from Drury University.