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Mizzou 25: Coaches Edition (Round One)

UPDATE: 54 votes are in, and Jamieson wins comfortably, 85%-14%.

We're rounding the homestretch of Round One in the Mizzou 25 Coaches Edition, the tournament to determine who was the best, most likable, most influential Mizzou coach in the last 25 years! Competitors were seeded by more normal methods this time (as opposed to the chronological seeding of the Players Edition), and over the next week and a half, we'll be plowing through the first round matchups.

Three second round bids remain! Click here for the bracket.

5/5: 1 Norm Stewart vs 16 Cindy Stein
5/6: 8 Joann Rutherford vs 9 Jay Miller
5/7: 5 Rick McGuire vs 12 Brian Hoffer
5/8: 4 Wayne & Susan Kreklow vs 13 Brian Blitz
5/9: 6 Gene McArtor vs 11 Larry Smith
5/10: 3 Brian Smith vs 14 Jared & Rebecca Wilmes
5/12: 7 Tim Jamieson vs 10 Jake Jacobson
5/13: 2 Gary Pinkel vs 15 Quin Snyder

Let's get rolling!

7 Tim Jamieson vs 10 Jake Jacobson

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1995-present

1979-99

Five Best Seasons:
1996 - 39-19, 0-2 NCAA Regional
2003 - 36-22, 1-2 NCAA Regional
2005 - 40-23, 1-2 NCAA Regional
2006 - 35-28, NCAA Regional Champs
2007 - 42-17, 2-2 NCAA Regional
Five Best Seasons:
1980 - 3rd in Big 8, 3rd in NCAA Regionals
1981 - NCAA Central Region Champs
1982 - 2nd in Big 8, 4th in NCAA Regionals
1984 - 3rd in Big 8, 3rd in NCAA Regionals
1992 - Big 8 Champs
Like Gary Pinkel, Tim Jamieson struggled a few years into his coaching tenure before righting the ship in a major way. Just looking at his career record (441-308-2 heading into 2008) doesn't cut it. Under Jamieson, Mizzou averaged a 36-21 record between 1996-99 before struggling at the turn of the decade. However, they've averaged 38 wins a season since 2003 and found themselves ranked #2 in the country a few weeks into the 2008 season. Known as the father of Mizzou gymnastics, Jacobson started the program from scratch in 1979 and led the Tigers to 229 regular season wins and 13 NCAA appearances. He was twice named Conference Coach of the Year and led Mizzou to an NCAA Central Regional title in 1981 and a Big 8 Title in 1992. He's also the father of the Cat Classic, and by the time he retired in 1999, Gymnastics was the third-highest grossing athletic program at Mizzou.