Chad Killinger begins his sixth season as the head women's basketball coach at Moberly Area Community College and brings 20 years of collegiate basketball experience to the Greyhound women, including 16 seasons at the junior college level. During that time, Killinger has seen over 110 student-athletes that he coached or recruited move on to play at the four-year level, with 46 of them signing at NCAA Division I institutions.
In his five seasons at MACC the women's basketball program has posted a 92-62 record, while finishing in the top three of the NJCAA Region 16 regular season standings all five years and advancing to the Region Tournament Semi-finals in each of the past four seasons. The Greyhound women have also had 27 student-athletes move on to the four-year level, equaling the highest total over any five year period in the programs storied 39 year history. The five NCAA Division I signees during the 2013-2014 season were the most since 1998, when seven Lady Greyhounds moved on to the Division I level. Killinger has coached one WBCA All-American, one 3rd team NJCAA All-American, one WBCA honorable mention All-American, and one NJCAA honorable mention All-American at MACC, with 11 players being named All-Region and two players being named honorable mention All-Region.
Last season MACC had one of the youngest rosters in all of college basketball, including just one sophomore, but still posted an 18-14 overall mark and finished tied for second in the NJCAA Region 16 regular season standings with a 6-4 record. Killinger notched his 200th career victory in the process, and enters the 2016-2017 season with 215 wins in 12 seasons as a head coach. Throughout the course of the 2015-2016 season MACC held 14 of their 32 opponents to 60 points or less and their 58.9 points allowed per game led all Region 16 teams. The Greyhound women limited their opponents to just 36.6 percent shooting from the field, while ranking 27th in the nation in rebounding margin, 38th in defensive rebounds, and 42nd in total rebounds.
During the 2013-2014 season Killinger was named the Co-Coach of the Year in NJCAA Region 16 as he led the Greyhound women to a 21-7 record and second place finish in region play with a 7-3 mark. Despite losing their second leading scorer to a season ending injury in November the Greyhound women recorded the first back to back 20-plus win seasons since 2005-2006 and picked up the 800th win in program history with a victory on February 9th. MACC was 12-1 on their home floor and received votes for the NJCAA Top 25 National Poll for the second consecutive year. The Greyhound women outrebounded their opponents in 25 of 28 games as they ranked 11th in the country in defensive rebounds and 12th in rebounding margin. MACC also ranked 17th in the country in opponents field goal percentage as they held 22 of 28 opponents to less than 40 percent shooting from the field. The Greyhound Women were able to sweep Mineral Area College for the first time since 2005-2006 and Iowa Western Community College for the first time in 10 years.
In Killinger's second season he led the Greyhound women to a 23-8 mark and a tie for second place in NJCAA Region 16 action. MACC was 14-1 on their home floor, while cracking the NJCAA Top 25 National Poll for the first time in nearly four years. The Greyhound women were ranked as high as 17th and were ranked or receiving votes in eight of the 14 polls during the season. The 2012-2013 team made program history, setting a new school record by allowing just 48.5 points per game, eclipsing the mark of 52.4 previously set during the 1980-81 season. In breaking the 32 year old record, MACC held 25 of the 31 opponents they faced to 60 or less points and routinely held their opposition to well below their offensive averages. The Greyhound women also ranked 18th in the country in field goal percentage, knocking down 44.2 percent of their shots, and were 19th in assists with 16.5 per contest.
During Killinger's first season at MACC he inherited a program that was coming off a seven win campaign, but wasted little time in getting the program moving back in the right direction. The Greyhound women enjoyed a 10 win improvement under Killinger as they went 17-14 overall. MACC finished tied for third in the NJCAA Region 16 standings, where they posted a 6-6 record, after finishing the previous season in last place with just one victory. The Greyhound women also snapped a 12 game losing streak to Jefferson College that dated back to March 10, 2006 and swept Three Rivers Community College for the first time since the 2004-2005 season. MACC finished the season ranked 22nd amongst NJCAA Division I programs in points allowed per game as they held 22 of 31 opponents to 60 or less points.
MACC's success on the court has transferred over into the classroom as women's basketball players were named to the President's List six times and to the Dean's List 20 times during the past five years. Over the course of 10 semesters MACC has had women's basketball players achieve a 3.0 or higher grade point average a total of 62 times. The Greyhound women finished the 2012-2013 academic year by appearing on the WBCA Top 25 Academic Honor Roll as MACC ranked 14th among junior/community colleges with a 3.05 team grade point average.
Prior to coming to Moberly Killinger served as an assistant coach at NCAA Division I Marshall University where he was responsible for on-floor coaching, recruiting, scouting, and scheduling, as well as a number of administrative duties, including working directly with the compliance department and facilities director. Killinger's recruiting efforts helped the Thundering Herd land Alyse Poindexter, the 10th ranked junior college player in the nation and a third team NJCAA All-American selection. Despite facing a multitude of injuries throughout the season Marshall picked up its first ever victory at Reed Green Coliseum with a 57-48 win over Southern Mississippi while also knocking off eventual Women's Basketball Invitational champion UAB . In addition, the Thundering Herd had five players named to the Conference USA Commissioner's Honor Roll, including Lateidra Elliott and Tessa Johnson, who Killinger also coached at Lincoln Trail College.
Before moving to Marshall Killinger served as the head women's basketball coach at Lincoln Trail College, an NJCAA Division I school located in Robinson, IL. Killinger led the team to unprecedented success, achieving a winning season in all four years, while winning 22 or more games three times. His overall record was 91-36. During the 2009-2010 season the program made its first appearance in the NJCAA National Tournament while setting a school record with 28 victories, eclipsing the 24-win mark set by Killinger's first team at Lincoln Trail. The 2009-2010 season also marked the third time in four seasons that the Lady Statesmen appeared in the NJCAA Division I Women's Basketball poll, starting the year ranked 16th in the preseason poll and finishing the year ranked 17th in the country. During the 2006-2007 season the Lady Statesmen appeared in the NJCAA Top 25 for the first time in school history, being ranked as high as 16th and finishing the season ranked 17th in the final poll. The Lady Statesmen returned to the national rankings during the 2007-2008 season as they were ranked as high as 23rd, while appearing or receiving votes in five of the 12 polls.
In Great Rivers Athletic Conference games, Killinger led Lincoln Trail to a 45-19 mark, highlighted by the Lady Statesmen's first conference championship during the 2009-2010 season, and advanced to the NJCAA Region 24 Semi-finals in each of his four seasons. That same year Lincoln Trail also won their first Region 24 Championship, defeating Southeastern Illinois College, 73-69, in the championship game. In addition, the Lady Statesmen set 17 team records under Killinger, while appearing among the national statistical leaders in several categories and having numerous individuals appear among the national statistical leaders as well.
Lincoln Trail had players named to both the All-Great Rivers Athletic Conference and NJCAA All-Region 24 teams nine times in those four years, including Lateidra Elliott, who became the first basketball player in school history to be named a first team NJCAA All-American in 2010. Elliott was also selected as a State Farm/WBCA All-American at the junior college level and became the second player from Lincoln Trail to be voted the Player of the Year in the conference and region. During the 2008-2009 season Ty'Ronda Benning became the first Lady Statesmen to achieve conference and region player of the year honors. Benning joined Casey Baker, who was the first women's basketball player at Lincoln Trail College to receive national recognition, as she was also named an NJCAA Honorable Mention All-American in 2009, while Baker accomplished that feat during the 2006-2007 season.
Aside from their success on the court, the program also enjoyed a great deal of success in the classroom. Lincoln Trail College had women's basketball players named to the Chief Executive Officer's List three times, President's List four times, Dean's List eight times, and had one player inducted into the Phi Theta Kappa National Academic Society, to go along with five Academic All-Conference selections. The Lady Statesmen also had individual student-athletes receive a grade point average of 3.0 or higher 46 times over eight semesters.
Prior to taking over the program at Lincoln Trail College Killinger served as the head women's basketball coach and assistant/associate men's basketball coach at Jacksonville College (TX) for three years. During his time at Jacksonville, Killinger helped to bring respectability to the Lady Jaguar program, which had never won more than six games in a season, leading them to the first winning season in school history, a then-school record 17 victories and the program's first appearance in the NJCAA Region 14 Tournament. Jacksonville broke every individual and team record during Killinger's tenure and enjoyed success both on and off the basketball court. While working to improve the performance of the program on the court, Killinger also stressed the importance of academics, which led to the team being nominated for an NJCAA Academic Team of the Year Award. With a team grade point average of 3.05, the Lady Jaguars finished the 2003-2004 academic year with the 18th best grade point average among Division I Junior College Women's Basketball programs, and the highest grade point average in the Texas Eastern Conference/NJCAA Region XIV.
Over the course of three years Jacksonville women's basketball players were named to the President's List two times, Dean's List six times, and achieved a 3.0 or better semester grade point average 18 times. The Lady Jaguars had four players named to "Who's Who Among American Junior College Students," two players named Academic All-Region, and one player inducted into the Phi Theta Kappa National Academic Society.
Before arriving at Jacksonville, Killinger served as the assistant men's basketball coach at Lincoln Trail College for four years. During that time he helped the Statesmen to an overall record of 67-58, and in 2001, the program reached the NJCAA Region 24 Semifinals. Killinger was responsible for recruiting, scouting, skill development, strength and conditioning, housing supervision, and also coordinated the team's offensive attack, while being named the top junior college men's basketball assistant in the Midwest by the Indiana Basketball News for 2002 and 2003. In addition to his previously mentioned duties, Killinger also founded the Junior Statesmen Club, while serving as its director, and organized the program's winter basketball camp, and several high school and junior high school basketball tournaments the school hosted.
Killinger began his coaching career as a student assistant, and volunteer assistant at Franklin College in Franklin, Indiana. Among his responsibilities at Franklin were film exchange, recruiting evaluations, and assisting the other coaches with scouting, game strategy, and various other duties. During his three years as a student assistant and volunteer assistant for the Grizzlies the team compiled a 50-26 record and in 1998 reached the NCAA Division III National Tournament for the first time in school history. While working towards his bachelor's degree at Franklin, Killinger also served as a coach for the Bloomington Red AAU Basketball program, which was widely considered as one of the top AAU programs in the Midwest.
He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Physical Education with an emphasis in Athletic Training from Franklin College in December of 1997 and earned his Master of Sports Science degree in Sports Management from the United States Sports Academy in July of 2003.
Killinger and his wife, Rachael, who competed at Indiana University in both basketball and track, have six children, 17 year old son, Isaiah, 11 year old daughter, Josiah, nine year old son, Elijah, six year old daughter, Noah, five year old son, Moses, and infant daughter, Micah.