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Press Release

2015-2016

 

January 15, 2015

 

Cowley will induct former athletes into Tiger Hall of Fame on Saturday, January 16

 

Recognized for their outstanding contributions to Cowley College athletics, All-American track/cross country athlete Josphat Boit, women’s basketball coach Darin Spence, and All-American baseball player John Urick were chosen to be inducted into the 2016 Tiger Athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday, January 16, 2016.

 

Josephat Boit

BoitBoit had a stellar collegiate career as a runner at Cowley College and then at the University of Arkansas.

 

At Cowley, Boit was the 2004 indoor national champion in the 3,000-meter run and was an All-American in indoor and outdoor track as well as cross country. Along with being a national champion, Boit was a region and conference champion as a member of the 2004 Tiger track and field team. He was also the 2003 Jayhawk Conference Eastern Division cross country individual champion.

 

After Cowley, Boit attended the University of Arkansas where he was a two-time national champion track athlete and was twice named Southeastern Conference (SEC) Athlete of the Year. Boit is currently running professionally and has represented the United States in the World Half Marathon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Darin Spence

 

SpenceSpence was the head coach of the Lady Tiger basketball team from 1997 to 2003. He was a four-time Jayhawk East Coach of the Year and finished with a record of 171-26 during his six seasons at Cowley.

 

His .868 winning percentage is the highest in the history of the program. He led Cowley to five Jayhawk East titles and four Region VI championship games, while his 2003 squad was named the NJCAA’s top academic team.

 

After Cowley he went on to coach Division I basketball at New Mexico State University where he led the Aggies for eight seasons. With 109 wins in those eight years, Spence is currently the second-winningest head coach in NMSU women's basketball history. Spence then served a one-year stint at Barton County Community College, where he began the resurrection of the once-proud women's basketball program. He led the Cougars to an 18-13 record in his lone season before spending the past three seasons at NCAA Division II Newman University.

 

In his first two seasons at Newman, Spence led the Jets to back-to-back Heartland Conference Tournament bids. He has a career record of 481-254 as a head women's basketball coach.

 

 

 

John Urick

 

UrickUrick played baseball at Cowley during the 2001 and 2002 seasons. He was a First-Team All-Conference First Baseman as a freshman and was named to the 2001 NJCAA World Series All-Tournament Team.

 

As a sophomore he was named First-Team NJCAA All-American, Jayhawk East Player of the Year, and First-Team All-Region. He was the Cowley College Student-Athlete of the Year and was selected in the 19th round of the Major League Baseball draft by the Los Angeles Dodgers.

 

The Tiger baseball team went 92-32 during his two years at the school.

 

Urick played professional baseball in the minor leagues from 2003-2010, playing for the New York Yankees and Philadelphia Phillies’ organizations. He also spent the 2011 season as a minor league coach in the Chicago Cubs’ organization.

 

Urick remains the school-record holder for home runs in a season (20), home runs in a career (36), walks in a season (60), and walks in a career (112). He considers his former Tiger coaches, teammates, and professors at Cowley to be his second family.

 

He is currently a sixth grade teacher in the Shawnee Mission, KS school district.