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Winning Became the Norm

Norm Stewart honored at SEC Tournament.

Norm Stewart

Norm Stewart was honored Thursday during halftime of Mizzou’s win over Texas A&M in the SEC Tournament as part of the 2013 Allstate SEC Basketball Legends Program in Nashville, Tenn. Photo from the 1981 Savitar.

Every school has an institutional coaching legend — a standard‐setting icon with namesake buildings, fields and courts. But not every one coached and played for his alma mater, as did Norm Stewart, BS Ed ’56, M Ed ’60, one of the truest of Tigers.

Stormin’” Norman was honored Thursday during halftime of Mizzou’s 62–50 victory over Texas A&M as part of the 2013 Allstate SEC Basketball Legends Program March 14, 2013, at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn.

Stewart finished his playing days in 1957 with All‐American honors and 1,112 points, second on Missouri’s career list at the time and currently 32nd. Hired in 1967 by Director of Athletics Don Faurot (another Mizzou athlete and alumnus who went on to coach), the lanky kid from Shelbyville, Mo., won 634 games at MU, more than any coach in school history.

From 1967–99, his teams won 14 Big Eight titles. His 731 career wins, which include those earned in six seasons as the head coach at Northern Iowa, ranked seventh in NCAA history at the time of his 1999 retirement.

Norm Stewart

His 731 career wins, including those earned while coach at Northern Iowa, ranked seventh in the NCAA history at the time of his 1999 retirement. Photo from the 1984 Savitar.

Stewart also was an outstanding baseball player on MU’s 1954 national championship team.

The other honored SEC legends are:

  • Alabama — Wimp Sanderson, head coach, 1980–92
  • Arkansas — Jerry Carlton, guard, 1960–62
  • Auburn — Ronnie Battle, guard, 1989–90,1992–93
  • Florida — Bill Koss, forward/center, 1962–65
  • Georgia — Tim Bassett, forward, 1972–73
  • Kentucky — Jamal Mashburn, center, 1981–83
  • LSU — Geert Hammink, center, 1989–93
  • Ole Miss — Rahim Lockhart, forward, 1997–98, 2000–2001
  • Mississippi State — Horatio Webster, forward, 1997–98
  • South Carolina — Eddie Fogler, head coach, 1994–2001
  • Tennessee — Len Kosmalski, center, 1972–74
  • Texas A&M — John Beasley, center, 1963–66
  • Vanderbilt —Mike Rhodes, guard/forward, 1978–81