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Mar 11, 2009 8:26:00 AM

Those who were nominated and approved by the MBCA Board include the following:

Gary McDaniel – Gary played and coached at Rogersville (Logan Rogersville) High School before graduating from Southwest Missouri State University in 1963. He won letters in Basketball, Track & Softball in High School and Basketball and Track in College. His Coaching career started in Lebanon and ended at Logan Rogersville with stops at Willard and Drury in between. Gary ’s teams won 414 games, made four consecutive trips to the Class 3A State Tournament, including a State Championship in 1983, Runner Up in 1986 and Quarter-finals twice. He still coaches area youth in basketball fundamentals, works summer camps and leads Coaches in Upwards Basketball Program. Gary served on the original Board of the Missouri Basketball Coaches Association.  Gary and wife Patricia have two sons and a daughter.

Jerry Armstrong – Jerry had an outstanding high school playing career at North Harrison High School, making All Conference three years, All District two years and All State his senior year. His team played for the State Title in 1962 where they lost to Bradleyville.  In college at Texas Western he was a three year letter winner, tri-captain his senior year on the team that won the NCAA Championship by defeating Kentucky University . Jerry was featured in the movie about that game (“ Glory Road ”).  He started his coaching career at Trenton and went on to coach at King City , Richmond , back to King City and then finished at Mansfield . His teams in twenty-one years won seven Conference Championships, made the State Playoffs six times and finished Third in 1987.

Mark Scanlon – graduated from Breckenridge High School and from Missouri Western State College in St. Joseph . His first coaching job was at Bunceton before moving to Bucklin , Mexico , Raytown and this year will coach at Northeast High School in Kansas City . His teams have won 511 games in thirty years. Two of his Raytown teams finished with 27- 1 records before losing in the State Quarterfinals. Mark Coached Tyron Lue who later starred at Nebraska and now is a veteran NBA player. He will join his brother Jim, who coaches at Rock Bridge High School , in the MBCA Hall of Fame (class of 2007).

Jeff Sherman – After a great high school basketball and track career at De Beque , Colorado High School which included leading the state in scoring and winning the 100 and 200 three times, Jeff matriculated to Central Methodist University . There he started on the basketball team for two years. Coaching occupied his time for the next twenty-six years, one at North Nodaway High School and the rest at Central Methodist, where his teams have made him the all time winningest Coach in history. Jeff’s teams have nine 20 win seasons, one 30 win season, four conference championships, three seasons in the NAIA top ten, ten seasons in the top twenty-five and three National Tournament appearances. He has received six Coach of the Year awards including 2008 and 2009. His players have a 90% plus graduation rate. Jeff and wife Julee have two sons who are both athletes at Central Methodist University .

Jim McLeod – Jim McLeod passed away in 1975 which cut short his illustrious Coaching career. His Hickman teams racked up 299 wins including the large Class State Championship in 1962, runner up in 1968 and third in 1969. In all his teams compiled a 394-121 record. Jim joined Bob Vanatta and Gary Filbert to form the second summer Basketball Camp in Missouri back in 1967. Jim’s specialty was team defense and one of the things he was most proud of was sharing the stage with legendary Coach John Wooden at the national 7-UP clinic in St. Louis .  He Coached Ken Ash who later coached at Hickman, Central Methodist and Pittsburg State .  Ken is currently Executive Director of the Show-Me STATE GAMES.  Jim is survived by his wife Kaye.

Kevin Kelly – played baseball at Bayless High School in St. Louis before graduating from the University of Missouri School of Journalism.  He has been broadcasting play-by-play for thirty-two years including over 1400 events. For the past thirty-one years he has covered games for KWOS Radio in Jefferson City . Kevin has won numerous awards from the Missouri Broadcasters Association including the 2009 First Place in Sports Reporting. In 2007 the MSHSAA selected him for a Distinguished Service Award. Kevin and wife Mary have two sons and a daughter.

Steve Hunter – His teams have averaged twenty wins a season for twenty-four years. Steve’s teams have made six trips to the Final Four from three different schools and won the title in 2003. Included in that span are fourteen District and seventeen Conference titles, six championships at the Blue and Gold Tournament and posted a record of 53-15 in twenty-one years at the event. Steve was the MBCA Coach of the year in 1996 and 2003. He was an All Conference Player in basketball and baseball at Glendale High School in Springfield . He attended John Brown University and graduated from Lubbock Christian College in 1982. Steve and Wife Julie have two sons and a daughter. 

Arnie Drendel – Arnie started coaching in the Dakotas before moving to Missouri where he has coached at Calhoun, Lakeland and now at Leeton High School . Arnie has coached both girls and boys team in the past. Since arriving at Leeton he has concentrated on coaching girls teams. They made three consecutive trips to the MSHSAA State Tournament turning in two second place finishes and one fourth place. He serves on the MSHSAA Basketball Advisory Committee. His daughter Kristin played for him and now serves as his assistant coach.

Doug Smith – Coach Smith started the Hermann High School Girls Basketball Program in 1979. His teams were District Champions in 1983, 84, 86, 87, 90 and 91; Sectional Champions in 1984, 86, 90 and Class 2A MSHSAA State Champions in 1986. Doug graduated from Newburg High School and Central Methodist College . He and his wife Debra have a Daughter and two sons.

Gary Knehans – Gary has been a radio broadcaster since 1963 with KJPW. He has done play-by-play since 1983. Gary served as a writer and  editor of the “Frisco League Basketball Guide” from 1975 to 2002.  In 1999 established the “Tiger Country Basketball Guide”. This past year he won the MSTA’s top award for excellence in radio reporting of education issues. Gary is a graduate of Owensville High School and Central Missouri State

Jacky Payne   Jacky’s teams have racked up a record of 508-294 in thirty years of coaching at five different schools. He was President of MBCA in 1992 and inducted into the Trenton Junior College Hall of Fame in 1987. He graduated from Missouri Western State University .

His teams have won thirty-two tournament championships including seven District and five Conference titles while being ranked in the state nine times. They have compiled the best season record in school history at St. James (26-1) and Marshfield (31-2). He is married to Elana and their children include three girls and two boys.

Scott Stallcup – He is being honored as the 2009 Kevin “Cub” Martin Memorial Assistant Coach of the Year. Scott joined the staff of Jay Blossom at Webster Groves High School in 2005 after working at Centralia and Rolla. He has been part of the winning tradition that includes the Class 5 MSHSAA Championship in 2008, eight straight undefeated Suburban South Championships, three District titles and two state Quarterfinals. He is a graduate of Van-Far High School and Westminster College . Scott and wife, Terrah have a daughter and son.