Smithson, Cowley reunited
Athletic Director Tom Saia, left, presents new head men’s basketball coach Randy Smithson with a Cowley jacket during a press conference held March 30 in W.S. Scott Auditorium. Smithson, who coached four seasons at Wichita State University, played the 1977-78 season at Cowley before transferring. Smithson also is reunited with former player Brian Jackson, now a Cowley assistant coach. “I’m excited to be back in Kansas, back in junior college basketball, and back at Cowley,” Smithson said. “I’ve always said the best years for me and my family were when I was in junior college basketball.”
Stephens service award
Larry Grose, head men’s tennis coach, was presented the Hershel Stephens Award for outstanding service to the game at the regional and national levels. Grose was presented the award during the annual banquet prior to the National Junior College Athletic Association’s national men’s tournament May 13-18 in Tyler, Texas. Grose, who just completed his 14th season as head coach at Cowley, was one of about eight coaches nominated for the award. Nominees must meet the following criteria to be eligible: They must be employed by the same institution for 10 years or more. They must have taken a team to the national tournament three times or more. And they must have served on regional or national committees throughout their career.
Burroughs, Hargrove earn 500th coaching victories
Head baseball Coach Dave Burroughs and head softball Coach Ed Hargrove each recorded their 500th career victories during the 2001 season. Both teams qualified for the national tournament. Burroughs just completed his 14th season with the Tigers, while Hargrove finished his 17th season. Dr. Pat McAtee, president of Cowley, presented the two coaches with a plaque commemorating the coaching milestone.
Tennis, softball, golf all make nationals
Behind a runnerup finish by Allison Tweedy at No. 3 singles, the Lady Tiger tennis team finished sixth at the national tournament in Tucson, Ariz. As a result, Tweedy earned All-America honors. The Cowley men’s team was represented by No. 1 singles player Tom Murray, who lost his first-round match. Ed Hargrove’s softball team earned the right to compete in the national tournament for the first time since 1986. Cowley played well at nationals, losing 3-0 to Gulf Coast of Panama City, Fla., and 2-1 to Navarro of Texas. Cowley finished the season with a 42-6 record. In the opening game, Cowley pitcher Lindsey Davis’ only mistake was one pitch in the first inning, resulting in a 3-0 lead by Gulf Coast on a three-run home run. However, she pitched well enough the rest of the way. In the second game, the Lady Tigers saw their 1-0 lead evaporate in the sixth inning as Navarro tied the game 1-1. Then, in the seventh inning, Navarro won the contest. Two members of the Cowley golf team qualified for the NJCAA Division II Tournament in College Station, Texas. Brook Shurtz shot 81-72-77-83 for a four-day total of 313, tying him for 75th place, while Jay Stultz shot 79-75-79-84 for a four-day total of 317, tying him for 86th place.