Mark Molder is no stranger to NAIA National Tournaments, having been there four times with the Oklahoma Wesleyan University men’s basketball program.
However, when he travels to the national championship next week, he will be a head coach and leading the OKWU women’s program this time out.
Molder was a member of the coaching staff when the men’s team qualified on three separate occasions, including winning the NAIA DII tournament in 2008-09, but the second year women’s head coach will take on a new challenge when he leads his team to Sioux City.
Molder has already landed a major milestone in guiding the Lady Eagles to its first ever NAIA tournament, an MCAC regular season title and several other honorable mentions this term, but he’s hoping for even greater things during the postseason.
“We feel blessed and are very excited to be headed to Iowa,” Molder said on Wednesday night.
“The girls have worked hard to get to this point in the year.
“Anytime you reach the post season you want to perform at a high level.
“Like all season we want to play to glorify God and have no regrets after every game.”
The Lady Eagles will leave for Sioux City on Sunday and will face College of Idaho on Wednesday night at 9:15.
Molder revealed that he and his coaching staff are still gathering information about their next opponents, but will be preparing for what is expected to be a tough game.
“It’s early in the information gathering process, but what I have gathered about the College of Idaho points to them being a great team,” he said.
“College of Idaho plays an up-tempo style, and an aggressive and physical brand of basketball.
“They’ve had a great season and will require a lot of work as we prepare for them.”