(WARRENSBURG, Mo.) — A crowd of more than 3,000 people packed the streets of Warrensburg and the Multipurpose Building Monday to celebrate the Central Missouri Mules’ 2014 Men’s Basketball National Championship.
The Mules claimed their second NCAA-II National Championship and their fourth national title overall on Saturday in Evansville, Ind.
The students, friends, family and community members lined the streets of Warrensburg as the team marched through campus and into the Multipurpose Building. Once inside the arena, the team was greeted in the locker room by Gov. Jay Nixon.
The team and those watching the parade were greeted by thousands of fans, performances by the UCM pep band, cheerleaders and Mulekickers. UCM President Chuck Ambrose, Sen. David Pierce, Athletic Director Jerry Hughes and Nixon all spoke to the crowd. A highlight video of the Mules’ national championship run was played on the arena videoboard.
Seniors Jon Gilliam and Elite Eight Most Outstanding Player Daylen Robinson spoke to the crowd before head coach Kim Anderson wrapped up the night.
Following the program, UCM players and coaches signed autographs for fans.