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.
Rob McKinzie, Assistant Coach
Rob McKinzie joined the Redlands Cougars women's basketball staff after serving as assistant men’s basketball coach at Oklahoma Christian University. He also served as OC’s junior varsity head coach. The Eagles made three national tournament appearances during his time with Oklahoma Christian, including an NCCAA National Runner Up finish in 2013. From 2007 to 2011, McKinzie was the owner of M.A.C. Basketball in North Little Rock, Ark. He served as a basketball and coaching consultant, providing private and group lessons, skills camps, program development and game analysis. He was head girls’ basketball coach at Bartlesville High School from 2003 to 2006 and assistant boys’ coach at Jenks High School during the 2006-2007 season. He began his coaching career at his alma mater, York College in Nebraska, where he worked as a men’s assistant coach from 1997 to 2000. The San Antonio native graduated from York in 1998 with a bachelor of arts degree in secondary physical education with a coaching endorsement. He earned his master’s degree in general education in 2001 from the University of Central Oklahoma. He’s married to Rachel (Herndon) McKinzie and the couple has two children, Adi and Austin.