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Coach McKinney Elected to SLIAC Hall of Fame

The St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SLIAC) has announced former Fontbonne University Athletic Director and current head men's basketball coach Lee McKinney is part of the SLIAC Hall of Fame 2011 class. 

Coach McKinney is one of four people who were elected as part of the 2011 SLIAC Hall of Fame class. Other recipients include former SLIAC commissioner Rich Meckfessel, Webster University women's basketball standout Halley (Spann) Barke and Principia College women's basketball star Laura (Williams) Saucedo.

Coach McKinney served 23 years as Fontbonne's Director of Athletics and is in his 24th year as Head Men's Basketball Coach. During his tenure the athletics department grew from three to 19 teams, with the number of student-athletes jumping from 35 to the current 350. He was instrumental in gaining Fontbonne's membership into the NCAA and in establishing the University as a founding member of  SLIAC. 

"I'm honored to be part of the SLIAC 2011 Hall of Fame class," Coach McKinney said. "This conference has been such a big part of my live. I've had so many great experiences working with various representatives of the SLIAC. It's wonderful to be acknowledged with some of the tremendous student-athletes, coaches and administrators that have competed in this conference."

Coach McKinney has also served on several NCAA committees including Management Council, Financial Aid Committee, Playing and Practice Seasons Subcommittee, Strategic Planning and Finance Committee, Convention Planning Subcommittee and Nominating Committee.

Coach McKinney, who was inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame in 1992 and the Fontbonne University Hall of Fame in 2000, has over 800 career coaching victories, with more than 500 coming at the collegiate level. As the Griffins men's basketball coach he has won three regular season SLIAC Championships, five SLIAC Tournament Championships and has led Fontbonne to five NCAA Division III Tournament appearances.

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