Story by Cindy Potter, Columbia Sports Information
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The NAIA announced Tuesday night that Columbia (Mo.) Head Men's Basketball Coach Bob Burchard is the 2012 - 13 NABC-NAIA Division I Men's Basketball National Coach of the Year. The award, dished out by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC), occurred at the Buffalo Funds-NAIA Division I Men's Basketball National Championship Tip-Off Banquet in downtown Kansas City.
Burchard has guided Columbia to a historic season, earning the first No. 1 ranking in program history as well as the Cougars second-consecutive American Midwest Conference (AMC) regular season and tournament championship. The Cougars also eclipsed the school's single season wins record (32, set in 2003-04) and currently stand as the last remaining unbeaten team at 33-0 in all of college men's basketball.
Burchard has coached ten Academic All-AMC players and three AMC First Teamers this season, including the AMC Player of the Year Jordan Dressler. Columbia has produced 24 All-Americans and over 20 NAIA Scholar-Athletes under his direction.
This year's national championship tournament appearance marks Columbia's 17th trip in Burchard's 25 seasons at the helm, which has included a runner-up finish at the 2009 championship. He was honored with the AMC Coach of the Year award for the eighth time this season and will also be inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of fame later this spring on April 14th. Burchard earned his 600th career win earlier this year on Nov. 14, 2012 and has compiled an overall record of 630-225 since taking over the Columbia program in 1988.
Burchard will lead the Cougars into Wednesday night's championship first round matchup against Oklahoma City (17-10). Tip-off is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. CDT at Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City.