College for the Curious Mind
 
 
The May 30, 2019 meeting was called to order by Vice Pres. Ed Stanton.  The prayer was provided by Rot. Michael Oberlender and the pledge by Rot. Ed Chamberlain.  Our talented music leader, Rot. Mitch Williams, lead the group in the revised song “Whoopie Ti Yi Yo (Get Along Little Dogies)”.  The Rotarian of the Day was Dr. John Feaver who introduced Coach Brisco McPherson with USAO athletics.  Catering was provided by BJ’s.
 
Vice Pres. Stanton giving the Fun Facts for the day:
National Mint Julep Day and World Multiple Sclerosis Day!
1498 – Christopher Columbus departs with trip 3 to America.
1539 – Florida is discovered by Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto.
1868 – “Decoration Day”, now referred to as Memorial Day, is first observed in the Northern US.
Local History – pictures of past flooding in Chickasha.
 
Rot. Gerron Smith providing the Sunshine report.
 
Sgt. at Arms Brad Duvall – sporting a just a little off the sides, please’  haircut.
 
FINES:
Rot. John Mosley forgot to turn off his phone.
 
Rot. Chris Mosley – counting his pennies to pay his fine.
 
This is what collusion looks like to throw the Club Secretary under the bus.  Thanks Duvall and Mosley!
 
Rot. Ann Manchester – simply an innocent bystander.
 
ROTARIAN OF THE DAY:
ROTD Dr. John Feaver was totally mesmerized by the three people applauding…lol.
 
Coach Brisco McPherson gave an update on the athletic department at USAO.
 
Catering was provided by BJ’s Grill, Chickasha.
Pictured is Rot. Pauline Garrett.
 
Brisco McPherson has been a full-time member of the USAO faculty since 1980.  He is currently serving on two University committees.  McPherson became USAO’s athletic director in 2002.
For the next 11 years, he served as both athletic director and head men's basketball coach before stepping down from basketball following the 2012-13 season.
 
Finishing up his 22nd season as head coach this year, McPherson collected 309 wins in his tenure. He earned his 300th in a January upset over No. 9 Rogers State. At the beginning of last season, he was the 22nd Winningest Active Coach in the NAIA.
 
In November of 2012, McPherson was inducted into the USAO Athletic Hall of Fame, and that same day, the USAO Fieldhouse floor was dedicated to him and renamed Brisco McPherson Court.
As head coach, McPherson took the Drovers to six NAIA National Championship tournament appearances, including back-to-back trips to the final game in the early 2000s. In 2002, the Drovers claimed the school’s only NAIA National Title.
 
He has won four conference Coach of the Year awards and holds school records for the best regular season (29-3) and most wins in a season (29), both set in the 2000-01 season. With him as coach, the Drovers have claimed four conference titles.
 
McPherson has been involved with the university nearly the entire 40 years of its athletic programs. Playing on the first men’s basketball team at the college, then the Oklahoma College of Liberal Arts, McPherson still ranks among the school’s all-time leaders in scoring, shooting percentage and rebounds. Additionally, he was the school’s second member of the 1,000-Point Club.
 
McPherson graduated from USAO in 1976 with bachelor’s degrees in sociology and psychology. He received his master’s degree in physical education from the University of Central Oklahoma in 1984.
Over the years, McPherson also coached men’s tennis for a short time. For 11 years before taking over as head coach, he was an assistant of the men’s basketball program at USAO. Only three of the last 40 years did McPherson spend away from the institution.
 
Education
  • M.Ed, University of Central Oklahoma, 1984
  • BA, University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma, 1976