Katie (Miller) Falco returns for her eighth season as an assistant coach with the South Dakota State University women’s basketball team.
Since joining the SDSU coaching staff in June 2008, Falco has played a key role in the Jackrabbits’ success the past seven seasons—during which the Jackrabbits have qualified for seven postseason appearances, won five Summit League regular-season titles and compiled a 172-63 overall record. Additionally, Falco is responsible for recruiting, opponent scouting, working with perimeter players while also overseeing the team’s individual camps and the teams offense.
Another primary responsibility with the Jackrabbits is to serve as academic coordinator for a program that has finished better than third among Division I programs in the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association’s Academic Top 25 Team Honor Roll for seven of the past nine seasons. Additionally, the Jacks led all of women’s basketball in team GPA four times—including three consecutive seasons (2005-06, 2006-07 and 2007-08)—and again during the 2010-11 campaign.
An assistant coach at Montana State for three seasons, Falco was part of a dramatic rebuilding process directed by head coach Tricia Binford. The Bobcats won only three games during the 2005-06 season but improved to 13-16 in 2006-07. MSU continued its upward swing in 2007-08, posting an 18-13 overall record and reaching the Big Sky Conference championship game.
A native of Solon, Iowa, Falco was a standout player at Northern Iowa, ending her career fifth on the career scoring charts with 1,343 points. A first-team all-Missouri Valley Conference performer in 2003, she finished second in the league with 18.2 points per game in leading the Panthers to their second Women’s NIT appearance in three years. She also set a UNI record for career free-throw percentage at 82.4 percent, making an MVC-record 53 consecutive free throws as a freshman.
Falco also excelled in the classroom, earning Verizon Academic All-America honors in 2003 while completing a bachelor of arts degree in sports psychology. She pursued a master’s degree in physical education at Utah State, where she served two years as graduate manager for an Aggie women’s basketball team that was reinstated following a 16-year hiatus.
She and her husband, David, are the parents of a Dominic, Jillian and Sullivan.