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February 1, 2014

Connors coach selected for NJCAA Hall

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Connors State College basketball coach and athletic director Bill Muse has been named to the 2014 class of the NJCAA Men’s Basketball Coaches Association’s Hall of Fame, it was announced by the national office Friday.

Joining Muse in the class is former players Kevin Gamble (Lincoln, Ill.), Jeff Massey (Owens, Ohio) and coach Richard Shilts (Kalamazoo Valley, Mich.).

“I was excited to hear that I was the third person from Oklahoma to go into it. That was really good news, but the honor comes from the assistant coaches and players that I’ve been associated with,” Muse said.

Muse has established a high standard of success on the Warner campus since he arrived, following Division I assistant coaching positions at Clemson University, South Alabama University, Morehead State University and Georgia State University.

Muse has won 71 percent of his games (502 wins, 201 losses), seven Bi-State Conference titles, two Oklahoma Collegiate Athletic Conference crowns and six Region II titles. He has led CSC to the National Junior College Athletics Association National Tournament seven times, including the Final Four in 1993-94, 1995-96, 2008-09, and a fifth place finish in 1996-97. The Cowboys made four straight NJCAA trips for the first time in Region II history.

His coaching record makes him the winningest coach in CSC history, which includes four 30-win seasons and 12 20-win seasons. He has been voted the conference Coach of the Year 9 times and the Region II Coach of the Year 7 times.

During his tenure Muse has sent 67 players to the Division I level of basketball, which has included four first team NJCAA All-Americans and 29 All-Conference players.

The Cowboys have been ranked 14 consecutive years in the NJCAA basketball poll and has recorded home court winning streaks of 43 and 19 games.

Off the playing court Muse has established a high graduation rate during his tenure, established first team, overnight and father/son basketball camps. He initiated the booster club at Connors which has increased donations each year.

Muse started the Cowboy Hoop-LA Basketball Newsletter and authored a chapter in the book “6 Psychological Factors For Success.”

A native of New Jersey, Muse attended the University of Mississippi, and played for the Rebels, where he earned his undergraduate degree in 1979. He later obtained his Master’s Degree in Physical Education in 1981 as an assistant coach at South Alabama.

Muse has served as athletic director at Connors State for the past 12 years and is the president of the Oklahoma Collegiate Athletic Conference.

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