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Coach McKinney to Receive NABC Outstanding Service Award

ST. LOUIS — The National Association of Basketball Coaches will present its 15th annual Outstanding Service Awards at the Division III meeting of this year’s NABC Convention in Houston, Texas, on April 2, 2011.  The award has been presented annually since 1997 and is given to coaches whose actions “inside and outside the lines” of coaching have distinguished them as valuable members of their communities.

Three extremely deserving coaches will be recognized at the convention. This year’s honorees are Lee McKinney, former head basketball coach and athletic director at Fontbonne University in St. Louis, Mo.; Skip Molitor, retired head basketball coach and currently assistant athletic director at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Wash.; and Mike Neer, recently retired head basketball coach at the University of Rochester in Rochester, NY.

McKinney has been the head men’s basketball coach at Fontbonne University since 1988. He has over 500 career collegiate coaching victories and has led Fontbonne to the NCAA. Division III national tournament on four occasions. McKinney was inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame in 1992, the St. Clair High School Hall of Fame in 1995,  the Missouri Baptist University Athletic Hall of Fame in 2003, the Fontbonne University Hall of Fame in 2000, the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Hall of Fame in 2010 and was honored at the 2002 NCAA Final Four ‘Guardians of the Game’ awards ceremony for his distinguished college career. He also was the first recipient of the Distinguished Service Award presented by the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SLIAC). This award is presented annually to the individual that has served or competed in the SLIAC and best exemplifies the qualities of leadership, dedication, service and perseverance. 

During his years of service to the conference, McKinney chaired the SLIAC Administrative Council and represented the conference nationally, serving on the NCAA Management Council, Financial Aid Committee and Nominating Committee. McKinney is also a two-time cancer survivor. He has dedicated countless hours of service to local community organizations and to raising money for various charities, mainly for NABC’s Coaches vs. Cancer program.

Coach McKinney retired from his athletic director position at Fontbonne in the summer of 2009 and stepped down as the Griffin basketball coach at the end of this season. 

“The NABC is extremely pleased to honor these gentlemen who, throughout their careers, have been outstanding coaches, great teachers, and significant leaders in their communities,” said Pat Cunningham, head coach at Trinity (Texas) University and chair of the awards committee. “They have done a terrific job in communicating strategies and techniques to their respective teams, distinguished themselves as wonderful role models to their players and associates, and embody the spirit of coaching.”

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