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Best Coach St. Louis 2010 - Mark Edwards

Readers' Choice: Tony La Russa

Mark Edwards is poised to become the John Wooden of Division III college hoops. In 29 years at the helm, the Wizard of Washington University has amassed a career record of 529 wins and 239 losses. Last year, the 63-year-old became just the fourth coach in NCAA history to win back-to-back D-III national championships. A four-year letter winner for the Bears in the late '60s, Edwards still ranks in the top ten in career rebounding for his alma mater. As a coach, his teams have won twenty or more games ten times, participated in fifteen NCAA tournaments and finished first or second in their conference, the UAA, twenty times in 23 seasons. Over that time, Edwards has also coached sixteen All-Americans and six Academic All-Americans — and the majority of those players weren't even on scholarship. Not even the real Wizard, may he rest in peace, can claim that feat.

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I think the best coach is Magnum P.I.M.P. of St. Louis GateKeepers Roller Derby. Last November Magnum started working with a group of local guys, most never played the sport. Five months later the team came within 1 point of winning the largest Men's Derby tournament in the country. On the way to their 2nd place finish they had to beat several teams that had been playing the sport for years. The GateKeepers followed up that tournament with some impressive wins over some of the top teams in the sport and are now recognized as one of the top two or three teams in the nation. They did it all in under a year.


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