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February 17, 2013Ed Hargrove to receive Pride of Kansas award from Kansas Sports Hall of Fame
The Kansas Sports Hall of Fame in Wichita has announced that Cowley College head softball coach Ed Hargrove, will be presented the Hall of Fame's Pride of Kansas Award in recognition of his 29 years as one of the most successful coaches in the history of junior college softball. The award will be presented to him by Hall of Fame officials and sponsors at W.S. Scott Auditorium on the campus of Cowley College, prior to the 7 p.m. tipoff of the Cowley College men's basketball game in Arkansas City on Saturday, February 23.
Ted Hayes, President/CEO of the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame, stated that Hargrove is among the first to receive the distinction which, outside of induction into the Hall of Fame, is the highest honor the organization bestows on an individual.
"The Kansas Sports Hall of Fame is proud to recognize Coach Hargrove for his years of dedication and commitment to the youth of Kansas in his role as head coach of one of the most successful softball programs in the history of the sport, both regionally and on a national level," Hayes said.
The Pride of Kansas award is presented by the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame and sponsored locally by Elite Advertising and Mark Speck, "in recognition of those Kansans whose contribution to sports over a lifetime, has created a lasting and positive impact on youth and sports, and significantly enhanced the quality of life for all."
Hargrove entered the 2013 season with 1,044 career wins - second in the nation among active NJCAA Division II softball coaches. His teams have won 40 or more games in 14 of the past 15 seasons and have appeared among the nationally ranked softball teams for 15 consecutive years. Hargrove has been named the Jayhawk Conference Eastern Division Coach of the Year seven times and has been inducted in the NJCAA Softball Hall of Fame as well as the Cowley Tiger Athletic Hall of Fame.