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Former Missouri basketball coach Norm Stewart turns 80

Former Missouri basketball coach Norm Stewart took in a 2007 game from one of the luxury suites at Mizzou Arena.
Former Missouri basketball coach Norm Stewart took in a 2007 game from one of the luxury suites at Mizzou Arena. The Kansas City Star

Legendary Missouri basketball coach Norm Stewart celebrated his 80th birthday on Tuesday.

Stewart, who was known as “Stormin’ Norman” by Tigers fans for his fiery demeanor, went 631-333 in 32 seasons at MU.

He is the program’s all-time leader in wins and led Missouri to eight Big Eight regular-season championships, six Big Eight tournament titles and 16 NCAA Tournament appearances during his tenure.

First-year Tigers coach Kim Anderson, who played for Stewart and later served two stints as an assistant on his staff, marked the occasion.

Anderson wasn’t alone in wishing Stewart well as he becomes an octogenarian.

Stewart, who won five national coach of the year honors with the Tigers, averaged 17.7 points during his MU playing career from 1953-56. He earned All-Big Seven conference honors as a junior and senior.

Stewart, whose career scoring average still ranks seventh in Missouri history, was born in Shelbyville, Mo.

He also founded Coaches vs. Cancer and is a member of the MU Athletics Hall of Fame as a player and coach in addition to the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame.

To reach Tod Palmer, call 816-234-4389 or send email to tpalmer@kcstar.com. Follow him on Twitter: @todpalmer.

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