Gene Bess is entering his 47th season at Three Rivers. His career record is 1231-360. He is the all-time winningest coach in Junior College Basketball. He has led the Raiders to two national championships in 1979 and 1992. He has twice been recognized as NJCAA National Coach of the Year, Region 16 Coach of the Year 21 times, and MCCAC Conference Coach of the Year 20 times. He is a member of the Poplar Bluff Sports Hall of Fame, Missouri Sports Hall of Fame, Missouri Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame, and NJCAA Hall of Fame. The biography titled: “Gene Bess- College Basketball’s Winningest Coach” is available at www.genebess.com.
Gene and his wife, Nelda have two children, Janell Hartmann and Brian, who is the Raiders assistant coach, and four grandchildren, Taylor Hartmann, Kolby Bess, Kiley Bess, and Bryelle Hartmann. He teaches Lifetime Wellness, Basketball Coaching Techniques, History and Principles of Physical Education, and Varsity Basketball. Gene really enjoys teaching in the classroom and on the basketball court.