Marcus Payne joined the staff as an assistant women's basketball coach at Tennessee State University in June 2011.
Payne came to Tennessee State with over 25 years of coaching experience on the collegiate level. He has served coaching stints at OVC members Southeast Missouri and Austin Peay.
Prior to the season at SEMO, Payne coached four years at Austin Peay, helping the Lady Govs to consecutive Ohio Valley Conference Tournament Championships. He was initially an assistant at Austin Peay from 1994-96 where the program made its first trip to the NCAA tournament.
In the five seasons before returning to APSU, Payne was an assistant coach and associate head coach at NCAA Division II member Missouri-Rolla (now Missouri S&T), a tenure which culminated with the Lady Miners posting their best win-loss mark in a decade (17-11) during the 2005-06 season.
Prior to that, Payne spent the 1998-99 season at Barton County (Kan.) Community College. The Cougars posted a 29-2 mark that season and won the Jayhawk Conference Western Division title. From 1996-98, he served as an assistant coach at UNLV.
His coaching career began in 1987 at Southwestern (Kan.) College, his alma mater, where he spent six seasons. Payne began as an assistant men's basketball coach, serving in that capacity for five seasons (1987-92). During that time, he began his current affiliation with women's basketball becoming the women's head coach in April 1991 and later adding duties as Director of Intramurals in August 1992.
While serving as the women's head coach, Payne led his team to the NAIA District 10 playoffs for the first time in more than 10 seasons. Following his successful stint at Southwestern, Payne spent one season at Brown Mackie College in Kansas.
Payne earned his bachelor's degree in physical education, health and recreation in 1986 from Southwestern. Payne also has an associate's degree from Neosho County (Kan.) Community College where he earned two letters in basketball.