Joann Rutherford
Joann Rutherford

Women's Basketball Coach, 1976-98

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Joann Rutherford
Joann Rutherford
A pioneer of the women's basketball game at Mizzou, who is the winningest women's basketball coach at the school, with 422 career wins (422-263 overall, .617 winning percentage) in 23 seasons ... Took over as head coach just one year after the program was established at the varsity level, and Mizzou enjoyed winning seasons under her direction in 19 of her 23 years at the helm, claiming Big Eight Conference championships in 1984, 1985, 1987 and 1990 ... Her teams also claimed five conference tournament titles, winning it all in 1978, 1983, 1985, 1986 and 1994 ... Was named Big Eight Coach of the Year in 1984, 1985 and 1990 for her efforts, and was also tabbed as the Big Eight Coach of the Decade for the 1980s, when her teams went a combined 213-98 (.685 winning percentage) ... Her career wins total of 422 ranked among the NCAA's top 35 alltime at the time of her retirement ... Her teams won 20 or more games 11 times, including an impressive stretch from 1977-87 where they did so 10 times in 11 seasons ... Mizzou reached six NCAA Tournaments under Rutherford's direction (reaching the Elite Eight in 1982) and four times finished a season ranked among the AP top 20, including 11th in 1984, 13th in 1978, 15th in 1983, and 20th in 1982 ... Had an amazing stretch from 1983-84 to 1986-87, where the Tigers won Big Eight titles in three of the four years, going 25-6 overall (12-2 in Big Eight play) in 1983-84, 22-9 overall (12-2) in 1984-85, 20-12 overall (8-5) in 1985-86, and 20-9 overall (9-5) in 1986-87 ... Nine of MU's 13 first-team all-conference players trained under Rutherford, including alltime greats Joni Davis and Renee Kelly, who are the only two Tigers to have their jerseys retired ... Highly-regarded among her peers, Rutherford served on many high-level national committees, and coached the South team in 1986 to a gold medal in the U.S. Olympic Festival ... Also served as the department's Senior Woman Administrator during the latter part of her career at MU.
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