With his family by his side, former Missouri Southern men’s basketball coach Robert Corn helped unveil the court dedicated to him Saturday, Sept. 6, in the Leggett & Platt Athletic Center.
The unveiling capped the Full Court Press fundraising campaign for a scholarship in honor of Corn’s 25 years of coaching at Missouri Southern.
The campaign was launched earlier this year by the Alumni Association’s Board of Directors and a group of volunteers. The goal was to raise $100,000. To date, it has raised nearly $173,000.
The money raised will fund scholarships for Missouri Southern student athletes, who because of the time demands of their sport, need an additional fifth year to complete their degree. It will also fund a scholarship for a member of the Missouri Southern pep band.
Saturday’s recognition ceremony included remarks from Mark Lloyd and Shally Lundien, past and current president of the Alumni Association’s Board of Directors; Keith Adams and Mike Pound, who co-chaired the campaign, Lee Elliff Pound, alumni director; Dr. Alan Marble, president of Missouri Southern; as well as a special proclamation presented by state Sen. Ron Richard.
Underscoring the importance of family noted by several of the speakers, special gifts were presented to Corn’s wife, Cindy, and sons Rob and Scott.
The dedication of the court in Leggett & Platt was a humbling moment, he said.
“This means a lot … it’s very special,” Corn said, thanking the student athletes, Lionbackers and fans in attendance. “Each and every one of you were a big part of this.
“But it’s not about me … it’s about the program. And that’s what we tried to do from day one – everything was about the program.”
Corn holds a 413-305 overall record at Missouri Southern. Finishing his 25th season as head coach at Missouri Southern, he guided the Lions to 21 Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association Postseason Tournament berths, 16 in a row, and five trips to the NCAA Division II Tournament. The 1999-2000 National and Region Coach of the Year, Corn has been the only coach the Lions have had since joining the MIAA and Division II. He was selected as MIAA Coach of the Year four times and is ranked third in wins by the conference.
“The name on the court is a testament to Rob, of course, but I think it’s also a reminder of the way the university respects the people that work here,” said Mike Pound. “The university will recognize people who come to work every day and whose only goal is to try to make Missouri Southern a better place and influence the lives of the young people who come here.”