For Kevin Muff, head men’s basketball coach of the Gorillas is a “dream job.” Muff was introduced as PSU’s 14th head men’s basketball coach in April and went right to work preparing for the always tough MIAA schedule, which begins with a home game on Nov. 16 versus Newman.
Muff takes over for former head coach Gene Iba, who retired after 15 seasons with a 261-172 record leading the Gorillas.
“It’s something that I’ve always dreamed that I would see myself doing some day, to coach at a four-year institution with the kind of class and, quality that Pittsburg State has. I am back at a place I wanted to be,” Muff said.
A former assistant coach at Pitt State from 1990-93, Muff has served the past 12 seasons as head coach at Cloud County Community College in Concordia, Kan., where he has averaged 21 wins per season over the last five years.
As an assistant coach at Pitt State in the early 1990s, Muff helped the Gorillas post a 21-8 record during the 1991-92 campaign – the school’s first 20-win season in two decades. That Pitt State squad rose to a top 10 national ranking and the Gorillas upset No. 1 ranked Washburn, 72-71, before a school record crowd of 5,000 fans at John Lance Arena on Jan. 18, 1992.
While Muff has a keen appreciation for the school’s proud past, he’s eager to write new chapters of success for Gorilla basketball.
“My expectations … I want to win championships,” Muff said. “I want our program to be a contender year in, year out with the right type of kids who do it the right way. We want to put a product on the floor that people can identify with.”
A Salina, Kan., native, Muff was a two-year basketball letterman at Kansas State during the 1984-85 and 1985-86 seasons. He transferred to K-State after playing two seasons at Cloud County Community College, where he was a first-team NJCAA All-Region VI selection as a sophomore in 1983-84. Muff was both a McDonalds and Converse High School All-America selection as a senior during the 1981-82 season at Salina Central High School.
Muff earned a bachelor’s of science degree in education (BSed) in social science from Kansas State University in 1986 and a master’s of science degree (MS) in physical education from Pittsburg State University in 1991.