Last week, La Plata boys basketball coach Greg Buescher was selected into the 2020 Missouri Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame. Buescher began his coaching career in 1990 as the Head Boys’ Basketball coach at Griggsville-Perry School district in Illinois, and collected his 500 career win this past December. Buescher reflects on what it means to the latest inductee.

One of Buescher’s pinnacle moments came in 2010 when he guided the Sturgeon Bulldogs to an undefeated Class 2 state title and was named coach of the year. The now La Plata head coach says you can’t collect this kind of honor without some high quality assistant coaches.

Buescher originally wanted to coach football, or get into journalism, but was then influenced to take the basketball path after his uncle Jerry Buescher coached Springfield Catholic to a Class 1 state title in 1984.

He also had stops along the way at Clark County, Moberly, Glasgow, Southeastern, Trenton and Mexico. He discusses the variables of coaching multiple large and small class schools.

Buescher will be inducted into the Hall of Fame along with former Harrisburg boys head coach Steve Combs. Buescher was the head coach at Moberly when Combs was the Spartans freshman coach.

Buescher has been with La Plata for four years and guided the Bulldogs to a district championship this past February. Due to the coronavirus, the MBCA Hall of Fame induction will be postponed to September 13th in Springfield. You can hear Greg Buescher’s full Hall of Fame interview on the Chariton Valley Magic City Sports Talk Page.