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COMO YOU KNOW: Norm Stewart

Friday, May 9, 2014 | 4:20 p.m. CDT; updated 6:59 p.m. CDT, Friday, May 9, 2014

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Summary

Norm Stewart is a former Missouri student athlete and a retired men’s basketball coach. The basketball floor inside Mizzou Arena — Norm Stewart Court — is named in his honor. Stewart lettered in baseball and basketball at MU from 1954-56 and spent 32 seasons as the men’s basketball coach at his alma mater, from 1967-99.

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Born Jan. 20, 1935

Was a two-time team captain and all-Big Seven selection in basketball

Compiled a record of 634-333 as a coach at MU

Helped found Coaches vs. Cancer, an organization that has raised millions of dollars for cancer research and treatment

Background

Norm Stewart is the only person to be inducted into the MU Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame as both a student athlete and coach.

A Shelbyville native, Stewart lettered at MU in basketball and baseball in 1954-56. A two-time team captain and all-Big Seven selection in basketball for coach Sparky Stalcup, Stewart led MU in scoring and rebounding in 1956. His 24.1 points per game scoring average in 1956 ranks as the fourth-best figure in school history.

On the MU baseball team, Stewart was a formidable pitcher. He played on the 1954 NCAA championship team. He was the Missouri ERA leader in 1955, and he later played in the Baltimore Orioles organization.

Stewart won more games in his 32 seasons — 634 — than had been won in the 60 years combined of the program's history prior to him taking over (630 from 1907-67). His teams won 20 or more games 17 times (the only 17 such occurrences in MU history at the time). Stewart’s teams won eight Big Eight Conference championships and six conference tournament titles.

He missed part of the 1989-90 season because of a health condition that turned out to be colon cancer, which he beat.

Sources

MUTigers.com offical bio 

Updated: May 11, 2014


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