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Bill Muse

Athletic Director / Men’s Basketball Head Coach


Phone: (918) 463-6231

Fax: (918) 463-6332

Office Location: Melvin Self Fieldhouse

In 25 seasons as head coach of the Connors State College Cowboys, Bill Muse has set a high standard for success.

Muse has won 71 percent of his games (592 wins, 219 losses), eight Bi-State Conference titles, six Oklahoma Collegiate Athletic Conference crowns and nine Region II titles.

He has led CSC to the National Junior College Athletics Association Final Four in 1994, 1996, 2009, a fifth place finish in 1997 and an Elite Eight in 2015 and a sweet sixteen in 2017. The Cowboys made four straight NJCAA trips for the first time in Region II history.

His winning record makes him the winningest coach in CSC history. But rest assured he won’t settle on past successes. Muse cut his coaching teeth on the NCAA Division I level. In 11 seasons, he was an assistant coach at four major universities: South Alabama, Morehead State, Georgia State and Clemson.

A native of New Jersey, Muse attended the University of Mississippi, where he earned his undergraduate degree in 1979. He later obtained his Master’s Degree in Physical Education in 1981 as an assistant coach at South Alabama.

Following a 4-year stay there, he was Associate head Coach at Georgia State University for two seasons. He got his first chance as a head coach and general manager with the Georgia Peaches professional women’s team for a year. Muse points to that year as being very instrumental in his development as an administrator as well as a coach.

He returned to college coaching for three seasons at Morehead State before spending two years at Clemson University. When Connors State came calling, it didn’t take long for Muse to jump on the offer.

Muse has brought an exciting style to CSC with his fast-paced offense and a tough defense. His goal is to allow no more than 65 points a game with a suffocating defense.

Muse and his wife Connie are the parents of Bill, Jr.


HometownGlen Rock, NJ
BirthdateSept. 28, 1957
High SchoolGlen Rock (1975)
CollegeUniv. of Mississippi (1979)
South Alabama (1981)
DegreesBA Recreation, Mississippi
Masters, PE, South Alabama
Years in Coaching32
Coaching1979-83, South Alabama, Assistant
1983-85 Georgia State, Assoc. Head Coach
1987-1990, Morehead State, Assistant
1990-92, Clemson, Assistant
1992-Present, Connors State
Career Record(Connors) 539-207

8 Time Region II Coach of Year

President OCAC

Marital StatusMarried Wife
Married Connie (Cope, Wilburton)
ChildrenBill Muse, Jr.

Sam Grooms

Sam Grooms

Men’s Basketball Assistant Coach


Phone: (918) 463-6276

Fax: (918) 463-6332

Office Location: Melvin Self Fieldhouse

Sam Grooms is the top assistant basketball coach for Connors State Cowboys, announced CSC men’s coach Bill Muse.

“We are very excited to have Sam join the Connors State family,” said Muse. “He brings plenty of experience and knows the junior college landscape,” Grooms said.“This is a great opportunity for me.”

Coach Muse has a great coaching background and has been very productive. My coaches at OU recommended that I come here
and learn. I really want to get into coaching to help kids to better themselves. I want them to be successful at what they want to achieve.”

Grooms who was the first recruit that Lon Kruger signed when he was named the head coach at the University of Oklahoma, comes to Connors after tryout stints with the Dallas Mavericks and Oklahoma City Thunder of the NBA. It will be Grooms first college coaching stint. He has also been an instructor at several basketball camps for collegiate basketball players and operated his own skills academy in Norman.

Before signing with the Sooners he played at Chipola Community College in Marianna, Fla., where he was a first team All-Panhandle Conference selection.