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Smith to Enter MO Sports Hall of Fame

Tom Smith, the MIAA's winningest basketball coach, will be inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame in January.
(SPRINGFIELD, Mo.) Missouri Western will be well-represented in the 2014 Missouri Sports Hall of Fame class.

Former Griffon men's basketball coach Tom Smith will be among the 15 inductees getting enshrined January 26th.

Smith spent 25 years coaching at Missouri Western, and retired last spring as the winningest coach in MIAA history with 618 victories.

His full 38 year career as a head basketball coach included stops at the University of Central Missouri and his alma mater Valparaiso.

Others going into the hall of fame include former St. Louis Cardinal outfielder Willie McGee, pro bull rider Luke Snyder, former Kansas City Chiefs running back Ed Podolak, former Kansas City Royals catcher Mike MacFarlane, former Mizzou basketball player and current Tiger Radio Network analyst Gary Link, former Mizzou football player and current Tiger coach Andy Hill, Olympian Jason Pyrah, Negro League Museum president Bob Kendrick, Missouri State swim coach Jack Steck, Missouri Southern baseball coach Warren Turner, Valley football commissioner Patty Viverito, former Brentwood football coach Bob Penn, Mizzou team orthopedic surgeon Dr. Mark Adams and Becky Oakes -- the director of sports for the National Federation of High School Associations. Springfield Hillcrest and American Legion baseball programs and the Parkway West swimming program will also be inducted.

The hall of fame ceremony will be held at the University Plaza Hotel and Convention Center in Springfield.

Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/2013/11/21/4640328/negro-leagues-museum-president.html#storylink=cpy
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