Marcus Payne begins his first season as a member of the Southeast Missouri coaching staff. He arrives with over 24 years of collegiate coaching experience. His duties include serving as the team's recruiting coordinator and assisting with the coaching of post players.
For the last four seasons, he served as an assistant coach at Austin Peay, helping the Lady Govs to consecutive Ohio Valley Conference Tournament Championships and NCAA Tournament berths the last two seasons.
Payne was initially an assistant at Austin Peay from 1994-96 under thenhead coach LaDonna McClain. During that time, he coached current Lady Govs head coach Carrie Daniels during her final two seasons, including the program's first trip to the NCAA tournament.
In the five seasons before returning to Austin Peay, Payne was an assistant coach and associate head coach at NCAA Division II Missouri-Rolla (now Missouri S&T), a tenure which culminated with the Lady Miners posting their best win-loss mark in a decade (17-11) during the 2005-06 season.
Prior to that, Payne spent the 1998-99 season at Barton County (Kan.) Community College. The Cougars posted a 29-2 mark that season and won the Jayhawk Conference Western Division title.
From 1996-98, he was an assistant coach under Coach McClain again, this time at UNLV.
His coaching career began in 1986 at Southwestern (Kan.) College, his alma mater, where he spent six seasons. Payne began as an assistant men's basketball coach, serving in that capacity for five seasons (1987-92). During that time, he began his career in women's basketball, becoming the women's head coach in April 1991, and later adding duties as Director of Intramurals in August 1992.
While serving as the women's head coach, Payne led his team to the NAIA District 10 playoffs for the first time in more than a decade.
Following his successful stint at Southwestern, Payne spent one season at Brown Mackie College in Kansas.
Payne earned his bachelor's degree in physical education, health and recreation in 1986 from Southwestern. Payne also has an associate's degree from Neosho County (Kan.) Community College where he earned two letters in basketball. 20