Thewinningest head coach in Missouri Southern State University men's basketballhistory, Robert Corn, has announced his retirement from coaching, effectiveafter this season as he will transition into a new position with the Universityon July 1, 2014.
As part ofthe announcement, current Lions' Associate Head Coach Jeff Boschee will beelevated to Interim Head Basketball Coach on July 1, 2014 and will serve as thehead coach throughout the 2014-15 season. Corn will move to his new position asthe Director of Alumni Relations/Athletics on that date, as well.
Corn holds a395-300 overall record in his 25 years at Missouri Southern. He has guided theLions to 20 Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association PostseasonTournament berths, 15 in a row, and four trips to the NCAA Division IITournament. He is fourth on the MIAA's all-time wins list and is second amongactive coaches. The 1999-2000 National and Region Coach of the Year, Corn hasbeen the only coach the Lions have had since joining the MIAA and Division II.
"MissouriSouthern has been a great part of my life for the last 25 years and moreincluding my years as a student," Corn said. "I have had the pleasureof coaching some of the finest young men to grace the courts here and they'vehelped give me some life-long memories. I cannot forget the assistant coachesthat I've had along the way, as well as the tremendous support staff here inthe athletic department and the administration, professors and staff within theschool that I've had the opportunity to work with.
"Withthat being said, I'd like to ask everyone to respect our team with regards tothis announcement. The season is never about me, but moreover it's about theplayers and having a fun and productive year. At the conclusion of the season,I will be happy to sit down with anyone who wishes and answer any questions youhave, but until then, I will not have any further comments."
A native ofBenton, Ill., where he was twice a special mention prep All-State performer,Corn played basketball for two seasons at Memphis State University (now theUniversity of Memphis), including one year under Bartow, before transferring toMissouri Southern. As a senior, he was co-captain of the 1977-78 squad thatwent 27-9 to capture both Central States Intercollegiate Conference and NAIADistrict 16 crowns and advance to the quarterfinals of the NAIA Tournament.Corn was honored for his athletic and academic efforts that year as he wasnamed honorable mention All-CSIC and All-District, as well as MissouriSouthern's outstanding physical education major. He received his bachelor'sdegree in 1978.
Corn returnedto his alma mater following ten years as an assistant under one of the game'smost respected coaches, Gene Bartow, at the University of Alabama-Birmingham.Corn went to UAB as a graduate assistant in 1979, just one year after Bartowhad been hired to start the Blazers' basketball program, and was later promotedto full-time assistant in 1981.
He is marriedto the former Cindy Little of Muscle Shoals, Ala. They have two sons, Rob andScott Michael.
"Roberthas been not only the face of the men's basketball program at Southern for thepast quarter-decade, he has been one of the most recognizable faces at theUniversity, as well," said director of athletics, Jared Bruggeman."The way he has ran his program should be a model for what many coaches atthis level strive for. I want to personally thank him for his long years ofservice and wish him good luck in his new venture."
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