St. Louis native Corey Tate was tabbed an assistant coach for the Saint Louis University men’s basketball team in July 2016.
Tate, a longtime coach at Mineral Area College in Park Hills, Mo., came to SLU after serving as an assistant coach at his alma mater, Missouri.
At SLU, Tate has been part of a staff that helped the Billikens improve their win total each season, highlighted by last year’s 23-13 record, an Atlantic 10 Conference Championship title, and a bid to the NCAA Tournament.
Tate has been instrumental in the recruitment and development of several St. Louis-area players, including Jordan Goodwin and Fred Thatch Jr.
“I am thrilled to welcome Corey Tate to the Billiken family,” Ford said at the time of Tate's hire. “Corey has worked his way up the coaching ladder from his time as a junior college assistant, to a JUCO head coach, to his time with the St. Louis Eagles and to an assistant coach at the Division I level. He has strong recruiting ties not just locally but around the nation.
“Corey has a great reputation not just as a coach, but the type of person he is,” Ford said. “I have never heard one bad word spoken about Corey Tate. I am happy that he and his family are getting an opportunity to return to his hometown as Corey continues his coaching career.”
“I am excited about coming home to St. Louis and bleeding blue,” Tate said. “Coach Ford and the staff have this program pointed in the right direction, and I am thankful to be a part of it.”
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.