Former Central coach Cy Musser now leads Liberty North boys

Cy Musser operates the St. Joseph Central boys sideline during a 2017 William Jewell Holiday Classic contest. After seven seasons with the Indians, Musser takes over for Liberty North this season.

LIBERTY — Cy Musser was a St. Joseph lifer of sorts.

He attended Benton High School and Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph, playing basketball at both schools.

Then Musser started his coaching career at Benton before a few stops and a five-year assistant run at Benton led to his first head coaching job at Central High School.

Now, Musser finds himself in Liberty.

Musser is gearing up for his first season as the Liberty North boys basketball head coach after a seven-year tenure at Suburban Red foe St. Joseph Central.

“I am really excited about taking over the program here at Liberty North,” Musser said. “The foundation of a great program was already in place and I am looking forward to try and help keep it going in the right direction.”

Musser, who prepped at Benton, served short assistant tenures for Benton’s girls and Winnetonka’s boys before his five-year stint as an assistant for Benton’s boys.

Last season Musser led the Indians to a share of the Suburban Red title. Musser replaced Chris McCabe, who is now in his first season as the William Jewell College men’s basketball coach.

This season Liberty North returns three starters in senior point guard Jalen Perry, senior guard Benny Kaplan and sophomore guard Justis Braden. Perry and Kaplan both earned all-conference recognition last season.

The Eagles, who went 14-13 last season, will also get contributions from seniors Brock Niemeier and Garrett Linn and junior Davis Rockers.

Liberty North opens its season with Rockhurst at 7 p.m. Dec. 6 inside the Eagles’ gymnasium.

They will host the Liberty North Invitational Dec. 10 to 13, travel to Kearney Dec. 20 and participate in the William Jewell Holiday Classic Dec. 26 to 30.

The Eagles will cross over the state line to play in the St. Thomas Aquinas Tournament in Overland Park, Kansas.

Sports Editor Adam Burns can be reached at or 389-6643.

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