COLUMBIA — Bob Burchard, the Columbia College athletics director and men's basketball coach, will be inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame.
Burchard,who took over Columbia College's athletics department and men's basketball program in 1988, is 619-225 in his 25th season with the Cougars, currently ranked No. 1 in the NAIA national poll. His teams have averaged 25 victories per season, have made 16 NAIA national tournament appearances and boast 24 NAIA All-Americans and 19 NAIA Scholar-Athletes. Burchard has earned the NAIA Coach of the Year honor five times.
Burchard, who was also inducted into the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame in 2012 and the Missouri Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2008, was the first NAIA representative to serve on the National Association of Basketball Coaches Board of Directors.
After playing basketball at McLean (Va.) High School and becoming a four-year letter winner at Catawba College, Burchard came to Missouri where he began his coaching career at Jameson High School. He later served as an assistant coach at Missouri Western College for seven years before moving to Columbia College.
One of Burchard's players this season, Cougars sophomore guard Zach Rockers, will have the chance to see not only his coach but also his grandfather, Ray Hentges, be inducted. Hentges was a longtime Helias High School football and golf coach.
The induction ceremony is set for April 14 at the Capital Plaza Hotel in Jefferson City.