Craig Ruby
Craig Ruby

MBB 1918-20; Head MBB Coach, 1921-22

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Craig Ruby
Craig Ruby
Arguably one of the winningest figures in Mizzou Basketball history, as he won four conference championships in his five-year association with the program as a player and coach ... In those five years as a player (1917-18 through 1919-20) and coach (1920-21 through 1921-22), his combined record at MU was a stellar 81-7 (92.1%) ... As a player, lettered three years for the Tigers (1918-20) and became the first two-time All-American in MU history, being named to the prestigious teams in both 1918 and 1919 ... Was part of the 1917-18 MU squad that went 17-1 and won the school's first-ever basketball conference championship ... Later took over as head coach for the 1920-21 season, becoming the first former Tiger player to serve as coach, and in his two seasons at the helm, led MU to records of 17-1 (1920-21) and 16-1 (1921-22) and consecutive Missouri Valley Conference titles ... His coaching winning percentage of 94.3% is 2nd-best in school history, trailing only national hall of fame coach Walter Meanwell (94.4%) ... Later coached for 14 years at the University of Illinois, where he won two Big Ten Conference titles and was never below .500 in a season ... Retired from coaching in 1936 and was inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame in 1975 ... Was a member of the MU Basketball All-Century Team in 2006.
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