Hargrove’s named recipients of Outstanding
Tiger Alumni Award
Having brought recognition and pride to the Cowley College community
through their achievements in their chosen profession and in their service
to the community, Ed and Linda Hargrove were recently named recipients
of the Outstanding Tiger Alumni Award by the Cowley College Endowment
Each year the Cowley College Endowment Association selects an Outstanding
Tiger Alumnus to bring honor to alumni who have led successful careers
after Cowley and who have given financial support to further the mission
of the Endowment Association.
The couple, who have been married since 1970, have demonstrated outstanding
leadership during their time at the school. Ed, who has coached the Cowley
softball team since 1985, is the school’s all-time winningest coach,
while Linda achieved the most wins in the history of the Lady Tiger basketball
“Ed and Linda have both individually had outstanding careers,” Ben
Schears, vice president for institutional advancement said. “They love
the college and it's not often we have a married alumni couple who have reached
their level of achievements. The contributions they have made throughout their
respective careers in support of the college made them a clear choice for this
Linda is a 1970 graduate of Cowley College. She is the only Cowley coach
to take basketball and volleyball teams to the national tournament. She
compiled a record of 292 wins and 115 losses in 10 seasons as the school’s
head volleyball coach, while going 316-112 in 17 seasons as the head
women’s basketball coach.
Linda earned National Coach of the Year honors in 1987, was named Region
VI Coach of the Year four times, and coached several All-Americans in
basketball and volleyball.
“I loved every minute I coached at Cowley,” Hargrove said. “I
think our success was due to recruiting really good players/people who were
competitive and wanted to win as bad as I did.”
Along with coaching at Cowley, she also served as the Director of Admissions
and the Region 6 Director. Linda was also an outstanding athlete at Cowley
and started Cowley’s track team.
“I was running at a national level in high school and AAU but there
were few opportunities for girls in sports back in the late 60's,” Hargrove
said. “My Dad said that I would go to Cowley and if I wanted to continue
to compete then I could start a track team. I talked with Dr. Nelson, President,
and he was so supportive. He even drove some of us to track meets. Later
he asked me to come back and start the women's basketball program and I was
really excited to do this in 1972.”
She went on to have a successful stint as the head women’s basketball
coach at Wichita State University and is the second all-time winningest
coach in the history of that program.
She later served as the general manager and head coach of the Portland
Fire of the Women’s National Basketball Association. And went on
to become the general manager for the Washington Mystics and an advisor
for the WNBA’s Tulsa Shock.
“I loved coaching at Wichita State and then in the pros,” Hargrove
said. “Working with really motivated players and staffs was especially
rewarding. As GM I really enjoyed evaluating talent and negotiating
trades, managing the cap and leading the staff. The worst part was waiving
really good hardworking players.”
She was inducted into the initial class of the Cowley Tiger Athletic
Hall of Fame in 2000, and is a member of the Southwestern College Hall
of Fame, NJCAA Hall of Fame, and the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame.
Linda was humbled to learn she and Ed were recipients of this year’s
Outstanding Tiger Alumni Award.
“Cowley meant so much to me for so many years and this just makes me
feel really special,” Hargrove said.
Ed Hargrove has spent the past 30 years as the head softball coach at
Cowley and his more than 1,100 wins rank first in the nation on the National
Junior College Athletic Association wins list. He recently announced
his decision to retire at the end of the season.
The Lady Tigers have won eight of the past 11 Jayhawk East championships.
For his efforts, he was named the 2013 Jayhawk East Coach of the Year.
While, he and assistant coach, Jenny Hoyt, were named the National Fastpitch
Coaches Association NJCAA Division II National Coaching Staff of the
Year in 2013.
Prior to becoming the head softball coach at Cowley College he attended
Cowley on a football scholarship. Known as an outstanding athlete, he
played football for the Tigers during the 1965 and 1966 seasons and graduated
from the school in 1967. He was an all-conference right tackle for the
Tiger football team.
He was named the Jayhawk Conference Eastern Division Coach of the Year
eight times and was inducted into the NJCAA Softball Hall of Fame in
2007 and the Cowley Tiger Athletic Hall of Fame in 2009.
He also received the Greater Wichita Area Sports Commission “Outstanding
Achievement Award” and was the recipient of the Pride of Kansas
Award from the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame in recognition of his years
of dedication and commitment to the youth of Kansas in his role as head
coach of one of the most successful softball programs over the past 30
Hargrove, a 1967 graduate of Cowley College, has received numerous athletic
awards through the years, but this award has extra significance.
“I know many of the previous Outstanding Tiger Alumni recipients, so
to now be in that group is somewhat overwhelming,” Hargrove said.
This is the first award that the Hargrove’s have received together.
“That we get to share this award makes this award that much more special,” Ed
Linda echoed those sentiments.
“I think it is only right that we are recognized together,” Linda
said. “Cowley has meant so much to both of us over the years and also
our kids and extended family. Cowley was definitely a family affair for the