When you think of MSSU basketball, you think of Rob Corn – a vital part of the program for 17 years. On Sept. 24, he joined his father – Robert Corn – as one of the newest members of the Missouri Southern Athletics Hall of Fame.
Rob is a part of the game day rituals for the team and is always the first to congratulate a player when they make a great play and the first to offer a hand on the shoulder when they’re down. His pride for Missouri Southern is second-to-none and his loyalty to the program is just as strong.
At the induction ceremony, current Lions head coach Jeff Boschee delivered the induction speech. Other coaches that Rob has interacted with over the years (Bill Self – Kansas; Paul Lusk – Missouri State; Chris Lowery – Kansas State; Kim Anderson – Missouri; and Mike Krzyzewski – Duke) sent a congratulatory video. Rob’s older brother, Scott, helped Rob deliver his acceptance speech and put into words what Rob was feeling that day.
Also inducted into the Hall of Fame were Amanda Zook (women’s soccer, 1999-2002); Allen Barbre (football, 2003-06); and Matt Meyr (baseball, 2000-01).
Amanda Zook (Women’s Soccer – 1999-2002) Zook becomes the first MSSU women’s soccer player to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. Zook was a member of the inaugural Lions women’s soccer team that debuted in 1999. A native of Lee’s Summit, Mo., Zook played in all 72 games in the Lions’ first four years as an intercollegiate program. A defender, Zook was a four-time All-MIAA performer. She resides in the Kansas City area and is currently employed by UnitedLex as a Human Resources Manager.
Allen Barbre (Football – 2003-06) Barbre was a consensus All-American, All-MIAA and All-Region first-team selection in 2006. He finished with a career-high 94 knockdowns at left tackle and also excelled on the punt coverage unit, coming up with seven solo tackles. Barbre was drafted in the fourth round of the 2007 NFL Draft by the Green Bay Packers. He played for the Pack from 2007-2010. He played for the Seattle Seahawks and the Miami Dolphins during the 2010 season and then was back with Seattle for the 2011-2013 seasons. He has since been playing for the Philadelphia Eagles, where he is a starter at left guard.
Matt Meyr (Baseball – 2000-01) Meyr was a two-year player for the Lions, roaming the outfield after transferring to Southern from Forrest Park Community College in St. Louis. He was the 2001 Ken B. Jones award winner which is given annually to the top student-athlete in all of the MIAA. That season, Meyr was second in the MIAA in batting average (.457) and that mark still stands as the third-best ever single-season mark in MSSU history. He is currently a high-school math teacher at Galena High School where he is the head basketball coach and assistant baseball coach.