Mizzou Coaches Cuonzo Martin, Barry Odom, Jim Sterk And Robin Pingeton Will Speak At Ballpark Village Tonight At 6pm
The 2017 Mizzou Coaches Caravan will make a stop in downtown St. Louis tonight at Ballpark Village. Cuonzo Martin, Barry Odom, Jim Sterk and Robin Pingeton will take the BPV stage beginning at 5:30 pm before Michael Wacha takes the mound for the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium.
The traveling Mizzou Athletics roadshow will make its final stop on a statewide tour tonight at Ballpark Village in downtown St. Louis. The tour began earlier this month in Springfield and made stops in Kansas City and Meldon before tonight’s downtown.
On the tour are football coach Barry Odom, new men’s basketball coach Cuonzo Martin, women’s basketball coach Robin Pingeton and Athletic Director Jim Sterk. The black and gold quartet is scheduled to take the main stage at Ballpark Village at 5:30 pm. Admission is free.
Robin Pingeton – Women’s Basketball
Robin Pingeton is the longest-tenured Mizzou employee of the bunch in St. Louis tonight. She was hired in April of 2010 to take over the women’s basketball program. Pingeton’s first two teams had identical 13-18 records, which came in Missouri’s last two seasons as a member of the Big 12 athletic conference.
The Tigers went 17-15 during the 2012-2013 season, which turned out to be the start of five consecutive winning seasons and five consecutive postseason appearances for the program. Last season the Tigers went 22-11 and advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament for the second consecutive year, a program first.
The reigning SEC Women’s Basketball Coach of the Year led her team to an upset of then #1 South Carolina last season at Mizzou Arena. The 2017-18 team returns All-SEC performer Sophie Cunningham as well as Cierra Porter and Co-Freshman of the Year Amber Smith. The team will also add Lauren Aldridge, a transfer from Kansas.
Cuonzo Martin – Men’s Basketball
East St. Louis native Cuonzo Martin was hired back in March to take over the men’s basketball program at Missouri. Martin most recently coached three seasons at the University of California, compiling a 62-39 overall record.
Martin has already put together one of the top recruiting classes in program history for next season. The class recently added Jeremiah Tilmon, a former Illinois commit, and already included four-star Blake Harris and three-star C.J. Roberts. The centerpiece of the class is five-star Michael Porter Jr., nephew of Coach Pingeton and brother of Cierra.
Barry Odom – Football
Barry Odom played for coach Larry Smith at Missouri from 1996-1999 where he was a star linebacker. He served in various roles at Missouri before leaving for a three-year stint coaching at Memphis. Odom returned to Mizzou for one season before taking over the head coaching duties from Gary Pinkel.
The Tigers went a disappointing 4-8 last season in Odom’s first season at the helm. Optimisim is running high for Odom’s second season, however. The Tigers return a strong core group on both sides of the ball, including quarterback Drew Lock. Lock is expected to lead a promising offense that also includes running back Damarea Crockett and receiver J’Mon Moore.
Jim Sterk – Athletic Director
Jim Sterk was hired away from San Diego State back in August to replace the departed Mack Rhoades (who?). He’s earned rave reviews from coaches and Mizzou fans in his nine months or so on the job. He’s stabilized the softball program and coach Ehren Earleywine. He’s led fundraising efforts for the South End Zone Project at Memorial Stadium that have already led to more than $47 million in private donations. He also hired Cuonzo Martin and had a fateful conversation with Robin Pingeton that got the ball rolling on the Porter clan returning to Columba.
Show your black and gold pride tonight at Ballpark Village. If Gary Link is there, you know you’re in for a good time.
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