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Former NIACC player Ben McCollum coaches NW Missouri State to National Title

Ben McCollum
Head Coach and former NIACC player

SIOUX FALLS, SOUTH DAKOTA – A former NIACC basketball player has coached his Northwest Missouri State men’s basketball team to a National Title today.

The Northwest Missouri State Bearcats captured the 2017 NCAA Division II Men’s Basketball National Championship Saturday in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. They beat Fairmont State 71-61 and finished the season with a nearly-perfect 36-1 record.

The Bearcats were led by head coach Ben McCollum, a native of Storm Lake, Iowa. McCollum began his college career at North Iowa Area Community College in Mason City, Iowa, where he played from 1999-2001. He was a two-time all-region performer before transferring to Northwest.

McCollum was named head coach prior to the 2009-10 season.  He was the 2012 Clarence “Big House” Gaines National Coach of the Year.

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