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Corey Tate Retained as Assistant Coach at SLU

by Brian Kunderman
Corey Tate, who has served on SLU’s men’s basketball coaching staff for the last eight seasons, has been retained by new head coach Josh Schertz as an assistant coach.
Tate was initially hired at SLU in July 2016. He has recruited and coached some of the top players in school history and helped the Billikens win the 2019 Atlantic 10 Conference Championship.
“In my brief time at SLU, it has become obvious the value that Corey brings to the program,” Schertz said. “He is a great person, a wonderful connector and a relationship builder. I am excited to have him on board and look forward to working with him to build a championship program here in his hometown of St. Louis.”
“I would like to send my gratitude to Coach Schertz and Chris May for this opportunity,” Tate said. “Thank you also to the St. Louis community for embracing me like a son. I’m thankful to Coach Travis Ford and all the players and staff members that I’ve had the pleasure to work with here at SLU. I am excited to stay in my hometown and push this Billiken program forward. Let’s get it!”
Tate has been instrumental in the recruitment and development of several of the Billikens’ top players in recent years, many of them with St. Louis ties. Jordan Goodwin, currently in the NBA with the Memphis Grizzlies, is a 1,000-point scorer and is SLU’s all-time steals leader. Tate worked with Hasahn French, who like Goodwin was a four-year starter, on the way to a career that saw French score more than 1,000 points and set SLU’s all-time blocked shots record. Javonte Perkins was an All-Conference performer, and St. Louisan Yuri Collins set every SLU assists record while developing into one of the top point guards in the nation during his career.
A longtime head coach at Mineral Area College in Park Hills, Mo., Tate came to SLU after serving the 2015-16 season as an assistant coach at his alma mater, Missouri.
Tate spent 11 seasons as head coach at Mineral Area College, helping the Cardinals win three NJCAA Region 16 championships and six conference championships. He was named the conference’s Coach of the Year twice and was named the Region 16 Coach of the Year in 2005-06.
Prior to joining the staff at Missouri in 2015-16, Tate served as head coach of the St. Louis Eagles under-17 Nike EYBL team.
Tate, who prepped at Pattonville High School, grew up just blocks from the SLU campus. After playing one season at Mineral Area, he transferred to Missouri and played three years (1994-97) under head coach Norm Stewart.
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