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Valorie Coleman
Public Relations Director
College of the Ozarks
Point Lookout, MO 65726
Office: (417) 690-2212

February 5, 2013

Subject: Why College of the Ozarks  May Give Away 1,000 Fruitcakes this Saturday

Coach George WilsonHow will College of the Ozarks celebrate Lady Bobcats Head Coach George Wilson’s 1000th career win—confetti, balloons, a parade? The answer is College of the Ozarks fruitcake, of course.  Currently, Coach Wilson has coached various teams to 998 wins; 439 of those wins belong to the College of the Ozarks Lady Bobcats, which host two games this week.   On February 8 at 5:30 p.m., they will take on the College of Saint Mary.  On February 9 at 3 p.m., they face off with York College.

“Nothing is for certain, but there is a great chance Coach Wilson will amass his 1000th career win this Saturday,” said C of O Athletic Director Al Waller. “Very few coaches have achieved this and we are especially proud of Coach Wilson.”

Under his direction the Lady Bobcats have made it to the NAIA Division II Championship eight times and have earned the title of National Runner-up four times.  Currently, the Lady Bobcats have a 22-3 record. 

Wilson has coached his Lady Bobcats to value more than winning games.  His leadership in their off-the-court activities merited the team the Buffalo Funds Champions of Character Award and the What’s Right in Sports Award.

“The College holds Coach Wilson in high regard for his commitment to the institution’s mission,” Waller said.  “He strives to recruit student athletes who meet the standards of the College and demonstrate good character on and off the court.”

Before coming to College of the Ozarks in 1992, Wilson coached high school boys’ basketball for 31 years in the southwest Missouri area, compiling a 559-284 record.  In 1992, he was honored with enshrinement into the Missouri Sports Basketball Hall of Fame for his contribution to the game of basketball in the area.  In March during the NAIA National Tournament, Wilson will be inducted into the NAIA Hall of Fame.

Should the Lady Bobcats win both the Friday and Saturday games, several celebratory activities, including a fruitcake give away and special ceremony, will take place in honor of Coach Wilson’s 1000th victory.

For more information, please contact Sports Information Director Candace Sullinger at 690-2565.


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