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Mizzou 25: Coaches Edition (Quarterfinal #2)

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UPDATE: I think we can call this one. McGuire holds off the Kreklows and moves on to the Final Four.

It's on to the Quarterfinals 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! We rounded through an upset-free first round, and we'll hopefully see a little more competition in the second. Click here for the bracket.

5/14: 1 Norm Stewart vs 8 Joann Rutherford
5/15: 4 The Kreklows vs 5 Rick McGuire
5/16: 3 Brian Smith vs 6 Gene McArtor
5/17: 2 Gary Pinkel vs 7 Tim Jamieson

4 The Kreklows vs 5 Rick McGuire

vs

2000-present

1983-present

Career Record at Mizzou:
169-77

Five Best Seasons:
2000 - 24-7 (NCAA 1st Round)
2001 - 20-11 (NCAA 1st Round)
2002 - 26-8 (NCAA 2nd Round)
2004 - 20-9 (NCAA 2nd Round)
2005 - 25-5 (NCAA Elite Eight)



Five Best Athletes:
Christian Cantwell
Derrick Peterson
Natasha Kaiser-Brown
Ashley Wysong
Russ Bell
In 8 seasons since moving across town from Columbia College to Mizzou, the Kreklows have gone 169-77, qualifying for NCAA Tournament appearances every season. They inherited a program that had won 64 matches in 7 seasons and won 70 in their first three years. They have built volleyball into one of Mizzou's most popular sports, hosting regionals in 2004 and 2005 and drawing loud, exciteable crowds throughout their tenure. Their Elite Eight run in 2005 was, to say the least, a lot of fun. Dr. McGuire is one of the most respected names in track & field, both in the classroom (he’s a faculty member in the MU College of Education and has headed the sports psychology program for US Track & Field for 25 years) and on the track, where he’s coached 119 All-Americans and twice been named Conference Coach of the Year. He has coached some of Mizzou's most accomplished athletes in any sport. He is an institution.