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MidAmerica Nazarene's Rocky Lamar Retires After 36-Year Coaching Career

The men’s basketball team at MidAmerica Nazarene of Olathe lost in the quarterfinals of its conference tournament Wednesday night. The loss caps off a legendary coaching career for Rocky Lamar, the man who's led the Pioneers for decades. Greg Echlin reports.


MidAmerica Nazarene Men's BB Coach Rocky Lamar

  • Named Conference Coach of the Year seven times.
  • NAIA & KBCA Coach of the Year, 2006-07 season.
  • KBCA Coach of the Year, 2008-09 season.
  • Led Pioneers to 13 conference championships.
  • Invited to NAIA national tournament 19 times.
  • Finished second in the NCCAA National Tournament, 1996-97 & 1997-98.
  • MNU basketball reached NAIA final four in 2001 (runner-up), 2006, 2007 (National Champions), 2008, 2009, 2014, 2016.
  • Coached 36 NAIA All-America honorees.

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Greg Echlin is the sports reporter for KPR and KCUR. Ever since he set foot on the baseball diamond at Fernwood Park on Chicago's South Side, Greg Echlin began a love affair with the world of sports. After graduating from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, he worked as a TV sports anchor and a radio sportscaster in Salina, Kansas. He moved to Kansas City in 1984 and has been there since covering sports. Through the years, he has covered multiple Super Bowls, Final Fours and Major League Baseball's World Series and All-Star games. With his high metabolism rate, Greg is able to enjoy a good meal and stay slim when he's not running around on the sports scene. He loves desserts, even making them. Cheesecakes, pies and parfaits are the most common around the Echlin household.