Mizzou’s Smith earns conference coach of the year

By Peter Terpstra

Coach Brian Smith’s list of accomplishments keeps growing.

The Mid-American Conference named Smith the conference coach of the year Tuesday. It’s the second year in a row the Missouri wrestling coach earned the honor after winning the Big 12 coach of the year last season.

The Tigers bested runner-up Central Michigan at the conference tournament by earning the most points in conference history. The Tiger victory stopped an 11-year championship run by the Chippewas.

Smith’s Tigers sent all 10 starters to the NCAA Championships for the second year in a row after winning the MAC Tournament team title. The Tigers took seventh place in the nation and came home with five All-Americans, tying a program high.

Smith started coaching at Missouri in 1998 where he’s coached the Tigers to 12 consecutive winning seasons. He’s the winningest wrestling coach at Missouri with a 189-88-3 record.

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