Scholarship announced to honor Columbia College's Burchard

Thursday, October 18, 2012 | 6:23 p.m. CDT; updated 9:24 p.m. CDT, Thursday, October 18, 2012
Columbia College men's basketball coach Bob Burchard encourages his team in a victory over William Woods on Feb. 19 at Southwell Complex.

COLUMBIA — A scholarship named in honor of Columbia College athletics director and men's basketball coach Bob Burchard was announced Thursday evening.

The Bob Burchard Celebration of Excellence scholarship will support student athletes and the school's department of athletics.

Burchard, who began his 25th year with the Cougars in 2012, was inducted into the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame in March.

Burchard is 597-225 as the men's basketball coach and has led Columbia College to 16 NAIA National Championship Tournaments. Burchard has been named American Midwest Conference Coach of the Year seven times and has seen 84 of his student-athletes named academic all-conference.

“It is with great pleasure that I share with you that a scholarship has been created in Bob Burchard’s name to honor his career accomplishments and 25 years of service to Columbia College,” Columbia College President Gerald Brouder said in a release.

Five contributors made gifts totaling $111,000 to endow the scholarship, which is nearing its $125,000 goal. Contributors include: Gene Koepke; Greg Johnson; Web Bixby; Skip and Daisy Grossnickle and the Insurance Group; Kathi and L’Mont Betz; and Boone County National Bank.

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Joy Mayer October 18, 2012 | 8:39 p.m.

Thanks so much to Columbia College's Brandi Herrman for sending along a link to a video shot during the event:

Joy Mayer,
Columbia Missourian

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