Oct. 21, 2009
By Jack Watkins
ST. LOUIS, Mo. - The Missouri Valley Conference will honor its past on Friday, March 5, 2010, when The Valley conducts its annual Hall of Fame induction ceremony in St. Louis.
Long-time basketball coach Rich Herrin of Southern Illinois, hoops standout Kyle Korver of Creighton and basketball coaching legend Cheryl Burnett of Missouri State highlight the 13th MVC Hall of Fame class. Korver will be enshrined as a Hall of Fame selection, while Herrin and Burnett are Coaches Wing choices.
For the seventh time in eight years, The Valley will conduct its annual Hall of Fame ceremony as part the State Farm MVC Men's Basketball Championship weekend on March 4-7, 2010.
The 2010 Missouri Valley Conference Athletics Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place at Scottrade Center in St. Louis on Friday, March 5. The event will begin with an 8 a.m. breakfast, followed by the induction ceremony at 8:45 a.m.
Tickets to the 2010 Missouri Valley Conference Hall of Fame Ceremony can be obtained by calling the league office at 314/421-0339. Seating is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis.
The 2010 Hall of Fame class includes a two-time All-America men's basketball choice, a men's basketball coach who led his team to a Conference-record, three-straight tournament championships and a women's basketball coach who led her team to two trips to the NCAA Division I Women's Final Four.
In fact, all three inductees accomplished a career achievement at Scottrade Center in St. Louis.
The fourth-ranked men's basketball coach on the all-time Missouri Valley Conference victory list, Herrin guided the Salukis to Arch Madness titles in 1993, 1994 and 1995 -- the first tournament played at Scottrade Center.
A two-time Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year selection, Korver is the only player in the 33-year history of the State Farm MVC Men's Basketball Championship to earn back-to-back tournament most outstanding player honors in 2002 and 2003.
In 2001, Burnett coached the Lady Bears and Wade Trophy winner Jackie Stiles, who precedes Burnett in the MVC Hall of Fame, to the national semifinals.
"Each and every induction class for the Missouri Valley Conference is special its own way, but this particular class really has a unique place in league history," said Commissioner Doug Elgin, who is in his 22nd year with The Valley.
"These three individuals played a significant part in the institutional, conference and national development of collegiate athletics, and it's ironic that St. Louis and, in particular Scottrade Center, was the site for their greatest
"Rich Herrin and Cheryl Burnett created a niche for their programs on both regional and national levels, and Kyle Korver is the greatest three-point shooter in Valley history," said Elgin.
"We're grateful that we have the opportunity to honor them for their accomplishments as Missouri Valley Conference ambassadors."