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Dan StarkStarting in 1923 Dan Stark coached 21 seasons of men's basketball.

Dan Stark was the second men’s basketball coach at Arkansas City Junior College, taking over for Lawrence Chaplin after the first team went 2-6 during the 1922-23 season.


Beginning with the 1923-24 season, Stark embarked on what was to be the longest tenure of any athletic coach in the history of the school. He coached 21 seasons, interrupted only by service in World War II. Head softball coach Ed Hargrove entered his 19th season in spring 2003, and former women’s basketball coach and Tiger Athletic Hall of Fame member Linda Hargrove, Ed’s wife, coached 17 seasons.


Stark coached 347 games for the Tigers, winning 201 and losing 146. Stark, who also served as the school’s chemistry and math instructor, arrived from the University of Missouri, where he was a starter on the basketball team, and promptly gave ACJC the Tiger mascot. Stark began his tenure at ACJC with eight players who had little or no experience. Within two years, the Tigers won back-to-back Kansas Conference championships, going 12-4 in 1925-26 and 16-2 in 1926-27.

Stark also guided the Tigers to the best single-season won-loss percentage in the history of men’s basketball at the college with a 19-2 mark (.905) during the 1935-36 season. Ironically, the Tigers didn’t win the Kansas Conference that season. Stark, who did no recruiting, served the college from 1923 until his retirement in 1964.

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