Former Pattonsburg R-2 Coach Jeff Bowland is one of 10 individuals making up the 2020 Missouri Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame Class which will be inducted Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020, at the Doubletree Hotel in Springfield.

Coach Bowland, who passed away in 2013, left his mark on high school basketball in the state of Missouri, capturing well over 600 wins while coaching both girls and boys. His tenure from 1981 to 2013 at Pattonsburg included several tournament titles, six district championships, one Final Four trip and several all-state players. He also coached football, track and softball.

Pattonsburg High School also recognized Coach Bowland’s contributions to the basketball program and community by naming the basketball court after him.

“Coach Bowland was a fine coach and athletic director, and an even better person I am honored to have known,” said current PHS R-6 Athletic Director Lee Warford.

Joining Coach Bowland in this year’s class of inductees are:

  • Greg Buescher, current LaPlata R-2 head basketball coach, who currently owns over 500 career victories, including a Class 2 state title in 2010 at Sturgeon High School.
  • Steve Combs, former 18-year coach at Harrisburg High School, 2-time state championship coach and 2-time MBCA Coach of the Year winner.
  • Nancy Fahey, current coach at the University of Illinois who has already amassed a record of 756 wins and only 175 losses. She spent 31 years at Washburn University in St. Louis, winning 23 conference titles, 29 NCAA D2 tournament appearances and five national championships.
  • Duane Hiler, finishing his 12th year at Mountain Grove with an impressive 77% winning percentage in 20 years of coaching. He won a state championship at Hollister in 1999 while being named MBCA Coach of the Year.
  • Gary Koch, 14-year head women’s coach at Mineral Springs Area College with over 600 wins in his head coaching career, including stints at St. Genevieve, Valle Catholic, St. Pius X, Festus and Pacific.
  • Gerry Marlin, who just completed his 34th season as a head coach, now at Ruskin High School in Kansas City, where his team won a state title in 2007. His current win total stands at 609.
  • Pete McBride, winner of 399 career games and state championships in 2013 and 2018. He was National Federation Midwest Coach of the Year in 2018. In his career at Eminence, he won ten district titles, eight conference titles and was named Coach of the Year in his conference eight times.
  • Todd Shannon, who spent 25 of his 26 coaching years at Wellington-Napoleon High School, netting 466 wins, state tournament third place finishes in 2011 and 2016, and nine conference championships.
  • Steve Shepherd, winner of over 370 games in stints at Marionville (girls), Aurora (boys) and Parkview (boys). He served as assistant coach at 2002 National Champion Evangel University before becoming Head Men’s Basketball Coach at College of the Ozarks in 2002. In 2006, the Bobcats won the NAIA National Championship.