Head Coach: Addae Houston
Houston has been at the helm of the Spartan women's basketball program since April 2013.
During the 2012-13 season, preceding Houston’s arrival to SWCC, the Spartans finished with an inconceivable record of 0 wins and 30 losses.
“I knew the challenge would be tough, rekindling a program that had reached such a low point, but I’m thankful for the opportunity to take charge and revitalize the women’s basketball program as it once was when Coach Ron “Fox” Clinton was running the program,” Houston stated.
Houston’s goal as coach is to establish a culture that will set a standard of tradition and success for the program, not only on the court, but in the classroom and throughout the Creston community as well.
Since he arrived at SWCC, Houston’s team has reached the postseason in two consecutive seasons and achieved double-digit wins during the 2015-16 season for the first time since 2008. Along with these feats as a team, players have boasted individual accomplishments as well. Six of Houston's players have been selected to the All-Region team and 25 have been selected to the All-Academic team in the Iowa Community College Athletic Conference.
Prior to arriving at SWCC, Houston worked at Cameron High School in Cameron, MO, as the assistant coach of the varsity boys’ basketball team, and was head coach of the freshmen boys’ basketball team.
Houston’s coaching career began at his alma mater, Northwest Missouri State University (NWMSU) in Maryville, MO, under Head Coach Gene Steinmeyer, as a student assistant and then as a graduate assistant coach. Houston spent three seasons at NWMSU and during that time the Bearcats appeared twice in the NCAA Division II National Tournament (2007, 2008), were crowned MIAA conference tournament champions (2008), and knocked off the #1 seeded West Texas A&M University in the first round of the national tournament. Houston’s duties included scouting, game preparations, film exchange, and recruiting future student-athletes.
Houston had a brief stint during the 2009-10 season as the top assistant women’s basketball coach at Kaskaskia College in Centralia, IL, before returning to NWMSU for the second time in his career to rejoin the women’s basketball program as the second assistant coach. During the 2010-11 season, the Bearcats accomplished remarkable achievements and surpassed several team records. The team finished with a record-breaking 29 wins to only five losses. The team secured its first outright MIAA conference title in the program’s history, and went an astonishing 15-0 in home contests, which was also a first in program history. Their success that year continued into the post- season as they went on to capture the MIAA conference tournament championship, and then claimed their first South Central Regional title which earned them a trip to their first-ever appearance in the NCAA Division II Elite Eight.
As coach, Houston also brings four years of collegiate basketball playing experience to SWCC. Houston played his freshman and sophomore years at Eastfield Community College in Mesquite, TX. During that time, he helped the team to a 41-25 (62 percent) record over two seasons. During his sophomore year, the Harvesters reached the 2004 NJCAA Elite Eight national tournament. Houston was instrumental in leading the team all the way to the championship game before falling to Suffolk County Community College. He averaged 26.6 points per game over three contests and received First Team All-Tournament honors.
Following Eastfield, Houston transferred to NWMSU to finish his collegiate career. As a Bearcat, his team won 66 percent (41-21) of their games. During his senior year, he helped the team reach the NCAA South Central Regional Championship and had a team high 21 points while setting a career mark with six three-pointers in the game.
While a student at NWMSU, Houston completed a bachelor’s degree in social science education and obtained a master’s degree in health and physical education. Houston is a native of Dallas, TX.
Assistant Coach: Morgan Knorr
Morgan Knorr became the Spartans' assistant women's basketball coach in May 2016. A May 2012 graduate of Savannah High School in Savannah, MO, Knorr first came to SWCC as a student-athlete in the fall of 2012. During her time at SWCC, she played basketball leading the team in scoring with 12 points per game. As a Spartan, she averaged 3.8 rebounds and three assists per game. Following the 2013-14 season, she was selected to the NJCAA Region 11 third team all-conference. In addition, Knorr was a member of the college's sports shooting team.
Knorr transferred to the University of Illinois in Springfield in the fall of 2014 where she continued playing basketball. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology in May 2016. In addition to her coaching duties, Knorr is a residence hall coordinator for the student housing department.