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December 22, 2013

Burroughs elected to Kansas Baseball Hall of Fame

Burroughs elected to Kansas Baseball Hall of Fame

Winning more than 1,000 baseball games and capturing two JUCO World Series titles, Cowley College head baseball coach Dave Burroughs has been elected to the Kansas Baseball Hall of Fame class of 2014.

The annual induction banquet will be held Saturday, January 25 at Hillside Christian Church in Wichita, located at 8330 East Douglas. Wichita State University head baseball coach Todd Butler will be the featured speaker.

Burroughs will be joined in the Class of 2014 by former Wichita State University great P.J. Forbes, the 1954-55 Boeing Bombers, along with the late George Dockins, the late Marvin Truby and the late Jerry Webster. In addition, 2013 electee Pat Meares will be inducted.

Burroughs, who was elected to the Cowley College Tiger Athletic Hall of Fame in 2010, is humbled to be elected to the Kansas Baseball Hall of Fame.

"It's overwhelming and kind of mind boggling for me," Burroughs said. "It's not about me; there are a lot of players and coaches at this school that have been a part of this."

Burroughs has won 1,028 games in 26 seasons as the head baseball coach of the Tigers. He has led Cowley to 15 Jayhawk Conference Eastern Division titles in the past 19 seasons, and seven trips to the JUCO World Series in the past 18 seasons. He has been named the Jayhawk East Coach of the Year five of the last seven seasons and was named the NJCAA Coach of the Year in 1997 and 1998.

The Ketchum, Okla., native has helped Cowley win at least 34 games in each of the last 21 seasons. He also guided Cowley to back-to-back JUCO World Series titles in 1997 and 1998.

And yet another amazing statistic: Since 1992, Burroughs has led the Tigers to the Eastern Sub-Regional championship Saturday every year but one. All totaled, Burroughs has led Cowley to 16 conference titles and seven region championships. He has amassed an overall record of 1,028 wins and 440 losses as coach of the Tigers.

He has had over 200 players taken in the Major League Baseball draft and has coached 20 players that have received All-American honors and numerous players that have been named All-Conference, All-Region, and Academic All-American.

"The game of baseball is a labor of love and something I enjoy doing," Burroughs said. "I have been fortunate to work with a lot of good people."

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