September 25, 2009
Nittler continues family’s success at Cowley
Coming from a family that has enjoyed incredible success at Cowley College,
Ali Nittler has followed in her family’s footsteps as she was recently
named the school’s September Student of the Month.
Nittler, daughter of Deb and Randy Nittler, is a business administration major. Grandparents are Barbara Adams and the late Bob Adams of Udall, and Polly Ann Nittler and the late Bert Nittler of Lake City, KS.
She has a sister, Lindsey 28, and a brother, Adam 23. Lindsey earned an associates degree from Cowley in 2001 and recently graduated from the school’s cosmetology department. Adam is a current student at Cowley.
Nittler grew up well connected to Cowley College as her mother, Deb, was the head volleyball coach at Cowley from 1986-2000 and holds the school-record for most career wins (389). Deb also served as an assistant women’s basketball coach for five seasons during the 1980’s. The head coach of the Tiger women’s basketball team during those years was Deb’s sister and Ali’s aunt, Linda Hargrove, who is the program’s all-time winningest coach with 316 wins. Hargrove also won 292 games as head volleyball coach at Cowley prior to Deb taking over as head coach in 1986.
Nittler’s uncle, and Linda’s husband, Ed Hargrove, is the winningest coach in Cowley sports history, and his 917 wins rank him first in the nation on the National Junior College Athletic Association’s wins list of active softball coaches. Hargrove was an all-conference football player at Cowley and graduated from the school in 1967.
She also has an aunt, Bev Manuszak, that serves as a Student Support Services counselor at Cowley. While, her cousin, April Nittler, is an instructor in the college’s Natural Science Department.
“Honestly, Cowley is like a big family for me,” Nittler said. “I have absolutely loved being at Cowley.”
Nittler’s mother, Deb, also served as assistant athletic director at Cowley and is currently an instructor in the Social Science Department. Deb graduated from Cowley in 1975 and was involved in basketball, volleyball, track, tennis, SGA, and cheerleading while a student at the school.
Nittler is involved in Phi Theta Kappa, Math and Science club and actively participates in intramurals and other campus activities. She is a Cowley Captain, Student Ambassador, Cowley Tutor and SGA Secretary.
“Being the first Student of the Month of the year lets you know people recognize all the work you do,” Nittler said. “When you put so much time and effort into something it is nice to be recognized.”
Last year, she was the starting third baseman for the Lady Tiger softball team, which captured its fifth straight conference title and placed fifth at the national tournament.
Nittler batted .299 with 10 doubles and 35 runs batted in as she earned second-team All-Region VI honors as a freshman.
Due to her hectic schedule, Nittler has decided not to play softball this season and instead concentrate on her studies.
“It was good while it lasted, but it is time to focus on my future,” Nittler said.
She currently works two part time jobs and carries a full class schedule while maintaining a 4.0 grade point average. She is employed at K’ an D’ Pharmacy and also as a Tutor.
Prior to Cowley, Nittler excelled athletically and academically while at Arkansas City High School. She was a member of the Arkansas City High School 2006 and 2007 state champion softball teams, and was a four-time all-state selection.
She capped her senior year by being named the Ark Valley-Chisholm Trail League Most Valuable Player and was named her school’s valedictorian.
She was awarded the Jodi LeAnn Sanderholm Scholarship. She also was the recipient of a lap top computer from the ACHS business department.
In her free time she enjoys spending time with her niece, Adrianna “Nana” Davis, 7, and nephew, Aceson, 2.
“They are little bundles of joy,” Nittler said.
“Nana” is well known around the college as she can be seen at numerous Tiger sporting events. The young girl has served as an inspiration to Nittler as “Nana” has battled cancer since the age of 2. Happy to say, “Nana’s” cancer is currently in remission.
Along with spending time with her family, Nittler also enjoys fishing or shopping when she has the opportunity.
Nittler considers her parents, Randy and Deb, to be major influences in her life.
“My mom and dad always pushed me to never settle for less,” Nittler said.
After Cowley, she wants to transfer to a four-year institution, possibly Wichita State University or Oklahoma State University in order to receive her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.
She hopes to one day have a career as a financial advisor or as a personal assistant.