Emily Ragsdale will enter her third season on the Lady Panthers coaching staff and her first year as a full-time assistant in 2018-19.
Ragsdale has been a graduate assistant coach at Drury for the last two seasons and has been part of back-to-back GLVC championships, a 61-7 record in the previous two years as well as a 34-2 mark in the league during that span. She has helped the Lady Panthers to two straight trips to the NCAA-II tournament and two appearances in the Midwest Regional championship game.
Ragsdale joined Drury’s coaching staff after spending a year as an assistant coach at Aurora University in Illinois where she helped the NCAA-III program to a 17-11 record after the team had gone 8-18 the year before.
She played for Judson (Ill.) in the NAIA and recovered from an ACL tear in her sophomore season to average more than 6.5 rebounds per game during her career while pulling down 7.4 rebounds per game in her senior season. She was a four-year starter and three-year captain for the Eagles and exited the program having set team records for career offensive rebounds and career blocked shots.
Originally from Ottawa, Illinois, Ragsdale played for Ottawa Township High School and led that program to a 20-game winning streak during her junior year as well as back-to-back regional titles.
She has coached at the club level for the Illinois Lady Lightning and the Rising Stars and worked at the Doug Bruno Basketball Camp.
Ragsdale graduated from Judson University in 2015 with a degree in Exercise Sports Science with a concentration in Sports Administration and she completed her Master's degree in Education from Drury in 2018.
Buck Scheel will enter his first season as an assistant coach with the Drury Lady Panthers in 2018-19.
Scheel has spent the last two and a half seasons as the head women’s basketball coach at Northwest Missouri State University. Before taking over as head coach midway through the 2015-16 season, he served as an assistant with the Bearcats for two years. During his tenure, he recruited and coached several all-conference performers including last year’s MIAA Co-Freshman of the Year, Jaelyn Haggard.
From 2010-2013, Scheel was the top assistant at State Fair Community College in Sedalia, Missouri and helped the program to a 68-28 record through three seasons and a district championship in 2011. He worked as the head women’s basketball coach at Southwestern Community College in Iowa for three years and also served as an instructor for Midwest Elite Basketball where he designed and customized curriculums for players and teams.
Scheel is originally from Columbus, Nebraska. He started his collegiate playing career at Kaplan University in Lincoln, Nebraska, before finishing at Waldorf College in Iowa. He served as a team captain at both programs and graduated from Waldorf with a degree in Business Management. Scheel also earned a Master’s degree in Sports Management from Columbia Southern University in Alabama.