The Cougar men’s roster features seven experienced seniors and a quality mix of young players as well. Defense was the team’s calling card last year under Coach Bob Burchard, who is in his 28th season, allowing opponents to score an average of only 56 points per game. Leading returning scorer Zach Rockers and his mates will look to improve on an outstanding 26-win campaign last year with sights set on a trip back to the NAIA National Championships.
Second-year Head Coach Jessica Keller’s women’s squad also registered a quality 20-win season (22 wins to be exact) in 2014-15 and came up just short of reaching the NAIA National Championships. The Cougars return their top scorer and rebounder from last year (Corri Hamilton, 14.9 points and 7.9 rebounds per game) and will return several players from last year that will play key roles on the squad.
Read below for quick overviews of both teams as their seasons kick into high gear.
Head Coach – Jessica Keller – 2nd season – Career Record – 22-11
Season Preview – “Cougars women’s team aims for return to national tournament” – Columbia Daily Tribune
2014-15 record – 22-11
Preseason ranking – No. 16
Head Coach – Bob Burchard – 28th season – Career Record – 690-236
Season preview – “Cougars hope to start at a high level” – Columbia Tribune
2014-15 record – 26-7
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