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Northwest Bearcats

Press Release

June 10, 2005

2004-05 Academic All-MIAA Team Announced; Nine Bearcats Honored Among

EMPORIA, Kan. -- (story courtesy of Emporia State Sports Information) Emporia State men's basketball coach David Moe has announced that Ben McCollum has been hired as an assistant basketball coach for the Hornets. He will replace Lucas Rae who took a position in private business.

"Ben has a real passion for basketball," said Moe. "He's played and coached in the MIAA and knows what it takes to win in this league and on a national scale."

McCollum is a native of Storm Lake Iowa and began his college career at North Iowa Area CC. He was a two-time all-region performer for NIACC prior to transferring to Northwest Missouri State. His junior year the Bearcats advanced to the NCAA Division II Elite Eight.

"I'm really excited to be at Emporia State," said McCollum. "I know that ESU has a solid program under coach Moe and I want to continue that tradition of success."

The Hornets were 16-12 last season, their third straight winning season under coach Moe and were ranked as high as tenth in the nation at one point. ESU returns six letterwinners, including leading scorer Tyrell
Sledge, 2003 MIAA Freshman of the Year Shawn Herrman and 2005 MIAA Freshman of the Year Wes Book.

The McCollum File
Player
1999-2001 North Iowa Area Community College
Two-time All-region
2001-2003 Northwest Missouri State University
Team Captain
"Hardest Worker" Award

Graduate Assistant Coach
2003-05 Northwest Missouri State University
Responsibilities
Recruiting
On floor coaching (defense)
Scouting reports

Education
BS Northwest Missouri State 2003
MS Northwest Missouri State 2005

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