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Lusk Finalizes Coaching Staff

Woodberry and Fisher Will Remain with the Bears

April 08, 2011|Matt Warner | mwarner@kspr.com

Springfield, MO — Missouri State head coach Paul Lusk announced Friday (April 8) that he has finalized his men's basketball staff with current coaches Steve Woodberry and Trevyor Fisher both remaining in their current positions to stay with the program.

Woodberry recently completed his fifth season as an assistant coach at Missouri State, while Fisher has been at MSU the last six seasons as director of basketball operations.

"Both Steve and Trevyor bring value to our program, and they have been amazing in helping me with the transition," Lusk said. "They understand our program and our players. I am thrilled that we will be able to keep them here and use their many talents to help our team be successful."

A native of Wichita, Kan., Woodberry played in four NCAA Tournaments and two Final Fours for the Kansas Jayhawks before a brief stint with the Indiana Pacers and an extensive professional career in Australia. He joined the MSU staff in the summer of 2006 under then-coach Barry Hinson and has been instrumental in helping the Bears to three postseason appearances in five years, including the 2010 CIT title and NIT trips in 2007 and 2011.

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Fisher joined the MSU staff in 2005 after a successful playing career at Missouri State. A native of Springfield, he attended Greenwood Lab School on the Missouri State campus and was awarded the Guy Thompson Award after playing 107 career games for Hinson and the Bears. He played in two Missouri Valley Conference Tournament championship games and was part of the 2005 club that earned a berth in the National Invitation Tournament. 

Woodberry and Fisher were also the only staff hold-overs from the previous coaching transition in April 2008 when Cuonzo Martin replaced Hinson as head coach.

Earlier in the week, Lusk announced Loyola Chicago associate head coach Patrick Baldwin and John A. Logan College assistant Kyle Smithpeters will be also joining the Bears' staff.  He officially became Missouri State's 17th head basketball coach on April 1 and returns eight lettermen from the 2010-11 Missouri Valley Conference champions.

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