Before Redlands, Niehues led the USAO Drovers women's basketball program from 2001-2008. Niehues collected 50 wins faster than any other coach in the program’s three decade history. In his second season at USAO, Niehues finished with a 23-14 record and the Drovers first appearance in the NAIA tournament. The next season also ended with a Final Four appearance and 20-win season, a first in the program's history. Prior to his time at USAO, he spent five seasons at his alma mater Southern Nazarene University as a women's assistant coach. During that time, the Crimson Storm posted a 121-22 record and won two national championships. A two-time all-conference player at SNU, Niehues was a three-year starter and eighth in career scoring. Niehues graduated with a bachelor's degree in business administration from SNU in 1990 and received his master's degree in education from SNU in 1997. He has also played four years of professional basketball in France and Brazil, as well as two years as a member of the Conoco Oilers exhibition team.
Brooke Brown, Assistant Coach
Brooke Brown is in her first season as the assistant coach for the Lady Cougars. Prior to coming to Redlands, Coach Brown was an assistant coach under previous college coach and mentor Hannah Moeller, at Mid-America Christian University from 2016-2019. While at MACU, the women’s basketball program collected a record of 72-33. Brown was on staff for two NCCAA National Championship titles in 2018 and 2019, as well as one fourth-place finish in the NCCAA National tournament in 2017. Brown was also on staff for two of MACU's NCCAA Regional Championship titles. Brown played collegiate basketball at Randall University with a record of 74-14. She also was a part of winning the ACCA National Championship Title in 2014. Brown graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from Randall University as well as a master’s degree in Leadership and Development from Mid-America Christian University. Brown is married to Mason Brown.