March 28, 2007
Louderback to receive Outstanding Tiger Alumni Award
J.C. Louderback, a 1954 graduate of Arkansas City
Junior College, was selected as the recipient of the 2007 Outstanding
Tiger Alumni Award. Louderback will receive the award at Cowley College’s
commencement ceremony held at 10:30 a.m. May 5 in W.S. Scott Auditorium.
Louderback was surprised and thrilled to be selected for the award.
“There are so many good alumni that I feel very fortunate to have been selected,” Louderback said. “Being in Arkansas City and being so involved in activities, and having a family that is involved in a lot of activities, I’m sure helped me get the award.”
At ACJC, he was a state doubles champion and captain of the tennis team. In football, he was the team captain and named the squad’s Most Inspirational Player, along with being named an all-conference quarterback. He was also the captain of the basketball team, which finished second in the nation in the 1952-53 season.
After graduating from Southwestern College in 1957, he coached the Cowley men’s tennis team to state championships in 1957, 1958, and 1959; and led the Tigers to a national runner-up finish in 1958. He was a Master Teacher for Unified School District 470 in 1984, and served as math instructor and boy’s tennis coach for Arkansas City High School for 36 years winning Kansas State team titles in 1989, 1990, and 1991. He was inducted into the Southwestern College Athletic Hall of Fame in 1994, was inducted into the Kansas Coaches Hall of Fame for tennis in 1997, and was inducted into the Missouri Valley Tennis Association Hall of Fame in 1998. He was induced into the first class of the Tiger Athletic Hall of Fame in 2000.
He also had a brief four-year stint as ACHS head basketball coach and girls tennis coach, and served as an assistant football coach at ACHS for 22 years.
Louderback was voted national high school regional tennis coach of the year twice and Kansas state high school tennis coach of the year four times.
He has spent the summer months serving as the boys’ tennis coach or supervisor at the Arkansas City Recreation Center since 1957. He also began officiating football games in 1957 and worked games in the United States Football League, the Big Eight, Conference USA, and the Missouri Valley Conference. He retired from officiating in 1999.
He also served as President of the Kansas District Tennis Association for 15 years, and spent seven years as the commissioner of the Ark Valley League.
He credits his success to the support of his wife, Donna, who also graduated from ACJC in 1954.
“Without a faithful, hard working wife and mother none of this would have ever happened,” Louderback said.
Together they have two sons and one daughter: Brad, Jay and Jan Krisik. Jan’s husband, Joe, is assistant director of the Arkansas City Recreation Department.
His oldest son, Jay, is the head women’s tennis coach at the University of Notre Dame. Notre Dame has captured a dozen conference titles during Louderback's 17 years as coach and has reached the round of 16 in the NCAA tournament on five occasions.
Jay also has been decorated with eight conference coach-of-the-year awards, and four times he has been named Midwest Region Coach of the Year. Since 1996, the Irish have compiled a dominating 77-17 (.819) record against regional opponents.
Louderback, who earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from Wichita State in 1976, won a Missouri Valley Conference title at No. 3 singles during his senior year. For his efforts that season, Louderback was voted most valuable player by his teammates. Jay was inducted into the Missouri Valley Tennis Association Hall of Fame in Dec. 2006.
Jay and his wife, Denise, have one daughter, Bailey, who is a sophomore on the Irish tennis team.
J.C.’s son, Brad, is the head men and women’s tennis coach at Cowley. In his first year as coach at Cowley, Brad led the Tiger women’s tennis team to a seventh place finish at the NJCAA National Tournament.
Prior to coaching at Cowley, Brad led his alma mater Oklahoma State University women’s tennis team to four straight Big Eight tournament titles from 1985-89. During his four years at the school, he led the Cowgirls to an unbeaten record of 28-0 in Big Eight team matches.
As a player at OSU, Louderback served as captain of the teams that won three consecutive Big Eight conference titles and qualified for the NCAA Tournament.
He also coached the University of Illinois men’s tennis team from 1981-1985, and helped the Illini finish as the dual season Big 10 champions in 1984, and co-champions in 1983. His 1983 and 1984 squads finished ranked 21st in the nation. While at Illinois, Brad served as the coach for the US. Junior National Team.
Louderback’s daughter, Jan Krisik, played for Jay at Wichita State. Jan still ranks in the top-10 in career wins for the Shockers women’s tennis program.
Her daughter, Kali, now plays for Jay at Notre Dame. At Arkansas City High School, Kali won the Kansas class 5A state singles championship in both 2002 and '03. She also won a pair of singles titles and a doubles crown on the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Summer Circuit.
The incredible success of the Louderback family led them to be honored by the USTA in April, 2003 with the Tennis Family of the Year Award, presented to one family consisting of USTA members and volunteers who have excelled in advancing the USTA’s mission to promote and grow the game of tennis both on and off the court.
Louderback still remains active in the community as he serves as an usher for the First Baptist Church in Arkansas City and helps supervise along with Jan Krisik the Arkansas City Recreation tennis program, which he has been a part of for the past 50 years.
The numerous accomplishments and accolades have never gotten to Louderback’s head, as he is quick to credit others with helping him along the way.
“I have been surrounded by a lot of good people,” Louderback said.
Louderback and his wife, Donna, enjoy watching their son Brad’s Cowley tennis teams and all of the Tiger athletic programs. They also enjoy taking in the different theatrical productions at the school.
“Cowley has been such a great institution and has grown so much,” Louderback said. “I am proud to be an alumnus of Cowley.”