Christopher Minner enters his seventh year with Our Lady of the Lake University and his fourth as head coach.
In 2014-2015, the Saints were the Red River Athletic Conference Regular Season Champions after finishing the season with an 18-2 conference record. As the No. 1 seed in the conference tournament, the Saints lost to Langston in the championship tournament, but went on to the NAIA DI Women's Basketball National Championship Tournament for the fourth consecutive year. They defeated Martin Methodist in the first round and dropped the Sweet 16 game to Oklahoma Baptist to end their season with a 27-7 overall record.
In 2013-2014, the Saints were the Red River's Conference Regular Season Champions after finishing with a 27-5 overall and 16-2 conference record. The team made its third consecutive trip to nationals and made it to the Sweet 16 round for the first time ever. The Saints beat Talladega College 97-94 in the first round and lost to Loyola University 72-67 in the Sweet 16 round.
Minner took over head coaching duties for the 2012-2013 season and led his team to the Red River’s Conference Regular Season Co-Championship, along with Wiley College, after finishing with a 30-4 overall and 20-2 conference record. The Saints were the runners-up in the conference tournament and earned an automatic bid to the 2013 NAIA DI Women's Basketball Championship Tournament. The Saints fell to Rogers State University 69-79 in the first round.
Prior to becoming the head coach, Minner served as the assistant coach of the inaugural women's basketball team at OLLU. The Saints ended their inaugural season with a 17-15 record after reaching the Red River Athletic Conference tournament semifinal round. He returned in 2010 to help the Saints improve their season record to 20-9 and reach the quarterfinal stage of the RRAC tournament. Last season, the team won the conference tournament and earned a berth to the NAIA Division I Women's Basketball National Championship. They lost to Oklahoma City University in the first round by a score of 73-91. The Saints ended their season with a 26-8 overall record and 18-6 in the conference.
Minner came to OLLU from Texas A&M International University (TAMIU), an NCAA Division II school. There he served for one year as women's assistant basketball coach.
Minner primarily managed TAMIU's defense and worked with the team on shooting and scoring. His work helped the team with a six-game improvement in the league and a five-game improvement in total wins for the season. TAMIU was ranked No. 4 in the nation in steals and No. 11 in turnover to assist ratio. It placed No. 1 in scoring offense, steals, forced turnovers and blocks in the conference. Minner was also the men's head golf coach at TAMIU. While at TAMIU, the team made the Heartland Conference semifinals and it had its first-ever conference playoff berth. Prior to TAMIU, Minner was the boys' varsity head basketball coach at Vacaville Christian High School in California. He directed the Falcons to a 62-24 overall record, winning one Sacramento Valley Christian League (SVCL) title and one Central Valley Christian League title. In addition, he was named SVCL Coach of the Year in 2006, his team GPA was 3.42 and he had the most playoff wins for a boys' head varsity coach.
From 2002-2005, Minner was the women's head basketball coach for Napa Valley Community College. He was the all-time winningest coach in percentage and number of wins. Napa Valley showed steady improvement throughout Minner's tenure, improving from a 10-20 record in 2002 to a 16-10 mark in 2004. He guided the team to its first state playoff berth in 2003 and its highest ranking on record in that position. Throughout his career, Minner has also coached golf, baseball and cross-country. Minner received a Bachelor of Arts in English from Sonoma State University and a master's degree in health, physical education and recreation from St. Mary's College of California. In May 2013, Minner earned an MBA from OLLU.
Katherine "Katie" Novak has completed her first year as the Our Lady of the Lake University Women's Basketball assistant coach. Novak comes from NCAA DIII Webster University in St. Louis, Mo., where she helped run the team camps for the women's basketball program. She also recruited throughout the Midwest at Webster.
Novak completed a Bachelor of Science in Sports Management with a minor in Psychology at Saint Joseph's College in Rensselaer, Ind. While there, she was a starter and team captain for two years. She was a three-time All-Academic and All-Great Lakes Valley Conference Selectee, as well as a conference scholar athlete award winner. In addition, she won the department academic achievement award at Saint Joseph's.
She had ACL reconstructive surgery her senior year at Saint Joseph's, so she went on a medical redshirt status. Prior to fracturing her tibial plateau, Novak averaged eight points in 29 minutes per game, and shot 36% from the arc despite missing 11 games. She spent the remainder of the season taking on more of a coaching role and assisted in preparing scouting reports and film for games. Novak graduated Magna Cum Laude from Saint Joseph's, and went on to finish her basketball career at the University of the Incarnate Word (UIW) in San Antonio. She was in the first class of UIW athletes ever to compete at the NCAA Division I level after joining the Southland Conference. In May 2014, she earned a Master of Science in Sports Management from UIW.
Novak spent six summers working for the Chicago Bulls Academy in Lisle, Ill., where she coached teams in the girl's program from ages 10-18. She also worked the Chicago Bulls Summer Camps, specializing in shooting technique, moves and guard work. In addition, Novak interned with Acceleration Sports Performance in Naperville, Ill., in the summer of 2013. While there, she managed scheduling, payments, marketing and selling training packages. She gained extensive knowledge in weight training, specifically injury prevention workouts.
Novak is a native of Homer Glen, Ill.
Courtney Bayliss joins the OLLU Saints coaching staff this season after completing her collegiate basketball career in 2015.
Prior to coming to OLLU in 2013, Bayliss attended the University of Mobile, where she played basketball for two years. She transferred to OLLU during the 2013-2014 season and was named to the All-Conference First Team at the conclusion of the season. She also received Conference Player of the Week, Conference Scholar Athlete and Top Saint honors. In 2014-2015, Bayliss was once again named to the All-Conference First Team and received Conference All-Tournament honors. She was named player of the week twice last season, was a Conference Scholar Athlete and the Top Saint for women's basketball. In addition, Bayliss joined the Saints 1,000-Point Club and is the Saints career leader in total points. She averaged 15.9 points a game as a Saint. Her other statistics include: 504 career field goals, 1207 career field goals attempted, 236 career 3-point field goals made, 659 career 3-pointers attempted, .358 career 3-point percentage, .758 career free throw percentage, 494 career total rebounds, 357 career defensive rebounds, 150 career assists, most points scored in a season with 556, best scoring average in a season with 17.9, most field goals made in a season with 199 and most 3-pointers made in a game with nine.
Bayliss received her bachelor's degree on May 7, 2015, from OLLU, and she is currently pursuing a master's degree.
Kari Wallace returns for her second year as assistant coach for the OLLU Saints. Previously, Wallace spent coaching 24 years at the high-school level all in Texas. Most recently, she was head coach for the Bryon P. Steele High School Lady Knights in Cibolo, Texas. In her eight years at Steele, Wallace led the women's team to six district championships, four regional championships and four trips to the UIL State Final Four Tournament with one year in the state championship game.
Wallace currently works at Allison Steele Enhanced Learning Center, a drop-out prevention high school in the Schertz-Cibolo-Universal City Independent School District.
She received a Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education, Business Administration and Physical Education from Texas Lutheran College in Seguin. She lettered four years on the TLC women's basketball team, which at the time, was an NAIA school.
Wallace and her husband of 25 years, Scott Wallace, are parents to son, Cody and daughter, Kasey.