Missouri State Bears basketball

Missouri State Bears basketball history

Missouri State University (Springfield, MO)
JQH Arena, aka The Q
Missouri Valley Conference (MVC)

Current head coach: Dana Ford (2018-)

  • Assoc. HC: Jase Herl (2018-)
  • Asst: Sheldon Everett (2018-)
  • Asst: Bertram “Buzzy” Caruthers (2022-)
  • Special Asst. to the HC: Randy Peele (2022-)
  • DBO: Marty Gross (2022-)

Post-Season:

  • National Championships:  0
  • Final Four Appearances:  0
  • Sweet Sixteen Appearances:  1  (1999)
  • NCAA Tournament Appearances:  6  (1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1992, 1999)
  • NCAAT Overall Record:  3-6
  • NIT Championships:  0
  • NIT Appearances:  10  (1986, 1991, 1993, 1997, 2000, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2011, 2022)
  • NIT Overall Record:  10-10
  • CIT Championships:  1  (2010)
  • CIT Appearances:  1  (2010)
  • CIT Overall Record:  4-1
  • NCAA Division II National Championships:  0  (Runner-up in 1959, 1967, 1969, 1974)
  • NCAA Division II Tournament Appearances:  10  (1958, 1959, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1973, 1974, 1978)
  • NCAA Division II Tournament Final Four:  4  (1959, 1967, 1969, 1974)
  • NCAA Division II Tournament Overall Record:  23-10
  • NAIA National Championships:  2  (1952, 1953)
  • NAIA Tournament Appearances:  6  (1939, 1943, 1949, 1952, 1953, 1954)
  • NAIA Tournament Final Four:  3  (1952, 1953, 1954)
  • NAIA Tournament Overall Record:  15-4

Conference Titles (Missouri Intercollegiate, Summit League, Missouri Valley):

Award Winners:




Missouri State head coaches:

Coach Tenure Record Conf. Titles NCAA Apps. Nat. Champ
Dana Ford 2018-Pres 72-51 0 0 0
Paul Lusk 2011-18 106-121 0 0 0
Cuonzo Martin 2008-11 61-41 1 0 0
Barry Hinson 1999-2008 169-117 0 0 0
Steve Alford 1995-99 78-48 0 1 0
Mark Bernsen 1992-95 48-37 0 0 0
Charlie Spoonhour 1983-92 197-81 4 5 0
Bob Cleeland 1980-83 39-46 0 0 0
Bill Thomas 1964-80 265-158 8^ 8^ 0
Edwin Matthews 1953-64 164-91 3^ 3^ 0
Bob Vanatta 1950-53 73-12 2^ 2^ 2^
Andrew McDonald 1925-50 302-166 6^ 3^ 0
Donald Holwerda 1924-25 9-6
Chester Barnard 1923-24 13-1
Arthur Briggs 1913-18, 19-23 106-31
Paul Andrews 1918-19 2-4
no team 1911-13
Corliss Buchanan 1910-11 13-8
W. A. Daggett 1908-10 11-9

Key: Conf. Titles= Regular Season only, NCAA Apps= NCAA Tournament Appearances, Nat. Champ= NCAA Tournament Champions


^ These conference titles, tournament appearances and national titles came when the Missouri State program was at either the NAIA or NCAA Division II level; MSU moved up to Division I prior to the 1982-83 season

OTHER NAMES: Southwest Missouri State University (prior to 2005)

NOTE: Overall program records on this page do not include anything later vacated by the NCAA.