Bob Burchard saying goodbye to Columbia College

8 months 4 weeks 2 days ago Wednesday, January 16 2019 Jan 16, 2019 Wednesday, January 16, 2019 4:13:00 PM CST January 16, 2019 in Sports
By: Jalyn Johnson, KOMU 8 Sports Reporter

COLUMBIA - Missouri Sports Hall of Famer, Bob Burchard of Columbia College announced he will retire at the end of the 2018-2019 basketball season as coach and the school's athletic director.

Burchard has spent 31 years with the Cougars. Under his leadership, the Cougars men's basketball team has earned a record of 782-261. He is the most winning men's head coach out of all the active coaches in the NAIA. During his tenure, his teams have made 22 NAIA tournament appearances including a championship berth in 2009.

Along with the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame, Burchard is a member of NAIA Hall of Fame and he's the only NAIA basketball coach to ever serve on the National Association of Basketball Coaches Board of Directors. 

"Columbia College is a special place," Burchard said. "I will be forever grateful for the opportunity to serve the institution and our students."

Burchard's Cougars are 9-8 on the season and will face St. Louis College of Pharmacy on Saturday.

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