South Iron’s Dusty Dinkins Wins Third Consecutive Dream Team Coach of the Year


(Annapolis) For the third year in a row, South Iron Head Coach Dusty Dinkins has been selected by his coaching peers as Regional Radio’s Regional Winter Dream Team Coach for Men’s Basketball. Dinkins led his Panthers to a 28-4 record and a second consecutive Class 1 state championship. Last year, South Iron lost two talented seniors Brock Wakefield and JeMarco Burse upon graduation, but Dinkins says this year’s top classes were more than ready to defend their title.

Beginning with the Central Christmas Tournament, South Iron enjoyed a 14-game winning streak that lasted through February, but eventually lost two games in a row before heading to the playoffs. Although losing in the final month of the season can dampen the momentum, Dinkins says those losses have actually been positive for his team.

While South Iron has tremendous talent every year on the pitch, Dinkins says how his players act off the pitch defines the Panther program.

Dinkins wanted to thank those who made this year a memorable one.

South Iron defeated Stanberry in the Class 1 State Championship game 71-45 on March 12 at JQH Arena in Springfield. In addition to being named Regional Radio’s Winter Dream Team Coach of the Year, Dinkins was named Missouri Basketball Coaches Association Class 1 Coach of the Year.

Full interview with Coach Dinkins:


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