Former Lady Bears Coach Burnett to Receive MBCA Lifetime Achievement Award

Missouri State Women’s Basketball legend Cheryl Burnett is going to have a new title: Lifetime Achievement Award winner.

The Missouri Basketball Coaches Association announced Wednesday that Burnett is their newest recipient of the Gary Filbert Lifetime Achievement Award.

“No coach gets an award like this without great players and a great staff,” Burnett told OI Wednesday. “I share this not only with them, but also with my Missouri high school coaches. As soon as I got the head job, our staff made a commitment that we wanted to get every Missouri kid that we could and really tried to engage our high school coaches.”

“To me, our Missouri high school coaches helped us gain our success,” Burnett added.

Burnett had a 15-year run at Missouri State where she went 319-136 during her tenure. The Lady Bears had 11 NCAA tournament appearances under her leadership and made the NCAA Final Four twice, 1992 and 2001.

Burnett, who has been inducted into multiple Halls of Fame, was named a Sports Legend by the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame in 2015.

In addition to her coaching, Burnett is known for her mentorship of other coaches.

She will be presented with the award at a ceremony on September 13, 2020, at the Doubletree Hotel in Springfield.

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