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Tom Botts

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Inducted: 1983, coach

Born: March 28, 1904 - Mexico, Missouri
Deceased: March 1, 1999

Career Highlights

  • During his tenure with University of Missouri, Botts coached the 1965 NCAA-winning cross country team.

The coach at the University of Missouri for 26 years, Thomas "Tom" Botts developed the Tigers into one of the powers of the former Big Eight Conference. During his coaching tenure, his teams won four indoor and four outdoor conference titles. His 1965 cross country team won the national collegiate title and his harriers also claimed a pair of Big Eight titles. Overall, he coached 27 All-American athletes. Botts was a graduate of Westminster College in Missouri, where he played basketball and was an all-conference hurdler under Brutus Hamilton, also a Hall of Famer. After coaching at Fort Scott (Kansas) Junior College from 1931 to 1941, Botts went to Missouri as an assistant coach. In 1944, he became head coach and in 1961 was an assistant coach on the U.S. team that toured Europe. In 1970, Botts was the NCAA Coach of the Year and he retired two years later. He is also a member of the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame and the Drake Relays Coaches Hall of Fame.

undergraduate: Westminster (Fulton, Missouri), 1927


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