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June 20, 2013

Filbert receives NHBCA highest honor

Filbert enters Court of Honor
INDIANAPOLIS-- Gary Filbert was posthumously named to the Court of Honor, the highest honor given, by the National High School Basketball Coaches Association at their recent national convention. Filbert becomes just the 7th individual to receive the award.

Receiving the award for Filbert, his wife Glenda, along with son Brent Filbert and daughter Laura Zacher were in attendance.

Filbert served as director of the Show-Me Games (87-2002), the largest state games in the nation with more than 30,000 participants. Later Filbert started and served as commissioner of the Missouri Senior State Games.

He helped found the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame. Filbert was named as the 20th Missouri Sports Legend by the very same Hall, years later. Each year the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame recognizes the Filbert Five, five are selected for outstanding lifetime achievement.

At the suggestion of Norm Stewart, Filbert started the Missouri Basketball Coaches Association and served as Executive Director from 1981 until 2011. A talented teacher of the game at the high school and college levels, Filbert earned induction into the Missouri Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame with more than 500 victories.

The MBCA selects and awards its highest honor each year, the Gary Filbert Lifetime Achievement Award.

Prior to receiving this honor, Filbert was selected by National Basketball Coaches Association to earn Guardian of the Game award in November of 2012.


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