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Mizzou 25: Coaches Edition (Round One)

UPDATE: Called after 43 votes. The Kreklows jumped out early and coasted to an easy 86%-13% win.

We continue 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.

Three second round bids have been handed out...two in blowouts and one in a nip-and-tuck battle. 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 Bryan 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!

4 The Kreklows vs 13 Bryan Blitz




Career Record at Mizzou:

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)

Career Record at Mizzou:

Five Best Seasons:
1998 - 11-9-1
1999 - 14-8-1 (NCAA 1st Round)
2001 - 13-8
2003 - 12-11-1 (NCAA 2nd Round)
2007 - 13-8-1 (NCAA 2nd Round)

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. The only coach in the history of Mizzou Soccer, Blitz has negotiated through a couple rough patches in building a relatively strong program. After building a 71-53-5 record between 1998 and 2004 (which included two NCAA appearances), Blitz struggled through a 28-27-4 patch over the next three seasons before beginning a turn-around in 2007. With an extremely young squad, Mizzou went 13-8-1 last year, winning its first NCAA tourney game since 2003 and its second ever, both under Blitz' watch.