Dale Ribble comes by his love of coaching basketball naturally.
"I grew up around basketball and I've been lucky enough to be associated with some outstanding coaches," said Ribble, 26, the new men's basketball coach at Lindenwood College. "I feel very fortunate to have this opportunity and I'm excited about the challenge that's ahead of me. Hopefully I can take some of the positives from the other coaches I've worked with."
Ribble is the son of Larry Ribble, a top high school coach in Nebraska. The longtime coach at Millard South High in Omaha, Larry Ribble has coached seven state title teams. "Playing for my father was a very positive experience for me," Dale Ribble said. "Maybe it would've been different if we hadn't been as successful. But winning two state titles while playing for my dad is something I'll always remember. My dad's a great basketball coach - he's constantly looking for new ways to be successful - but he also knows people. He has a way of bringing out the best in everyone around him." The same can be said of Dale Ribble's college coach, Charlie Spoonhour. Ribble played three seasons for Spoon and one for Mark Bernsen at Southwest Missouri State University in Springfield. "In four seasons there, we went to the NCAA Tournament twice and to the NIT Tournament twice," said Ribble, who started in his junior and senior seasons. "I really enjoyed playing for coach Spoon." After finishing up his eligibility at Southwest, Ribble spent a year as an assistant coach there. He then spent a year in sales in Iowa City before returning to coaching. "I had a degree in marketing and I wasn't really sure what I wanted to do," said Ribble, who's single. "But in that one year, I learned that I wasn't cut out for sales." Ribble took a position as an assistant coach under Mike Trader at Hastings (Neb.) College. He has been there for two years. "Within the first two weeks at Hastings, I realized how much I missed basketball and how much I enjoyed coaching," Ribble said. "I was fortunate enough to work with Mike Trader, who's an excellent coach. I've learned a lot about coaching in the last couple of years. …