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Mizzou 25: Coaches Edition (Round One)

UPDATE: Called after 58 votes. Pretty sure Norm was up 57-0 before Stein got a vote just under the wire, avoiding the shutout. Norm moves on to Round Two, 98%-1%.

Time to get started with Round One of the Mizzou 25 Coaches Edition! It's time 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.

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

And yes, some of these matchups should be massive blowouts. Oh well.

Let's get rolling!

1 Norm Stewart vs 16 Cindy Stein




Career Record at Mizzou:

Five Best Seasons:
1975-76: 26-5 (Elite Eight)
1979-80: 25-6 (Sweet 16)
1981-82: 27-4 (Sweet 16)
1988-89: 29-8 (Sweet 16)
1993-94: 28-4 (Elite Eight)

Career Record at Mizzou:

Five Best Seasons:
1999-00: 18-12 (WNIT 2nd Round)
2000-01: 22-10 (NCAA Sweet 16)
2002-03: 17-14 (WNIT Quarterfinals)
2003-04: 17-13 (NCAA First Round)
2005-06: 21-10 (NCAA First Round)

The face of Mizzou Athletics for three decades, Stewart was first an all-time great Mizzou athlete, getting his number retired at Mizzou for his basketball exploits and playing on Mizzou's 1954 National Championship Baseball team. Oh yeah, and he won 634 games in 32 seasons as Tiger head coach, leading Mizzou to two Elite Eights and coaching 8 All-Americans and 29 NBA draftees along the way. He's also the most quotable Missouri Tiger ever, spitting out Normisms faster than you can write them down. As you'll see throughout this competition, longevity is a strong current theme within the Mizzou athletic department, and Stein will be entering her 11th season at Mizzou this coming winter. Since taking over for Joann Rutherford, Stein has led Mizzou through a series of ups and downs, winning 160 games over 10 seasons and taking Mizzou to three NCAA tournaments. In 2001, Stein brought Mizzou its first Sweet 16 bid since 1982. She is only Mizzou's 2nd women's coach in 35 years.