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Clay Cooper
Clay Cooper

Event:
Football / Basketball / Track & Field

Hall of Fame Class:
1991



A local Columbia product, Cooper was a three-sport star at Mizzou, lettering in football, basketball and track from 1938-40. He has the distinction of having played on two Big Six Conference championship teams in the same year - the 1939 football team and the 1939-40 basketball team. He was also a member of MU's 1938-39 conference championship basketball squad. Following a term as a high school coach in Joplin, and OPT boat duty during World War II, Cooper joined Don Faurot's MU football coaching staffing 1947, and spent 38 years on the Tigers' staff, coaching under Faurot, Frank Broyles, Dan Devine and Al Onofrio. Much of his time was spent coaching defensive backs, where his protégés included all-Americans John Roland, Roger Wehrli and John Moseley, and standouts Andy Russell, Gus Otto, Ken Boston, and Ken Downing. He became MU's football recruiting coordinator in 1976, and retired in 1985.