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In 1924 Amos Curry became the first football coach for Cowley College.

Amos Curry

Amos Curry was the first football coach at Arkansas City Junior College in 1924. Later, he became director of athletics for both the college and Arkansas City High School.


The 1924 season was a rough one as the Tigers went 0-7. At the time, only 15 men indicated an interest in playing football. The big problem was arranging for an adequate coaching staff.


The problem was resolved when Dan Stark, the new basketball coach, acted as manager. Curry, the high school football coach, was named advisory coach. And Louis "Rabbit" Weller, an outstanding high school player who played at Chilocco Indian School prior to entering Arkansas City High School, had direct charge of the players.


He would later star for ACJC as a player. Curry stepped aside for one season, clearing the way for Clarence Cooley in 1925. Cooley guided ACJC to a 5-4 mark and the state championship. But Curry was back as head football coach in 1926, a position he would hold through the 1932 season. In 1926, Curry’s Tigers went 9-1, to this day the best single-season record for football in school history. The only hiccup during the season was a 9-6 loss to Phillips University in the first game. ACJC won the conference championship in 1926. Curry’s remaining ACJC teams went 1-4-2 (1927), 4-4 (1928), 6-3 (1929), 6-2-1 (1930), 0-7-1 (1931) and 0-9 (1932).


His career coaching record at the school was 26-37-4. Curry received his degree from the College of Emporia, majoring in history and chemistry. He was a pupil of Gwinn Henry and Knute Rockne in athletics. His goal early in life was to become a chemist. Curry was instrumental in securing a playing area for the high school and college. Thus, as a token for the many hours of work and planning, the Board of Education named the area Curry Field, which is still used today by the Arkansas City High School Bulldogs. It is located between the 300 and 500 blocks of West Madison Avenue.


Curry retired from ACJC in 1959 after serving the college as football coach (eight seasons), athletic director, and in the distance education department.


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