April 23, 2014

Hoyt to take over for legendary softball coach

Hoyt to take over for legendary softball coach

Stepping down after 30 years as head coach of the Cowley College softball program, Ed Hargrove will leave the program in good hands as the school announced the decision to have Lady Tiger assistant coach Jenny Hoyt assume the duties of head coach at the conclusion of the 2014 season.

"I am pleased to announce Jenny Hoyt as our new softball coach," Cowley College athletic director Shane Larson said. "Jenny is definitely at the point in her career that she is ready for the challenge of leading her own program. Everywhere she has been as a player and a coach she has had great levels of success. Coach Hargrove's recommendation meant a lot to me but observing coach Hoyt over the past several weeks she definitely stands alone as the right person to lead this program into the future. I am looking forward to watching her programs compete for championships."

Having helped the Cowley College softball program to a pair of conference titles and a record of 93-20 as a player during the 2006 and 2007 seasons, Hoyt returned to the school to serve as an assistant coach under Hargrove during the 2011 season.

With Hoyt back at Cowley, the Lady Tigers have gone 177-44 the past four seasons. The Lady Tigers have won two of the past three Jayhawk Conference Eastern Division titles and placed in the top-five at each of the last two national tournaments.

Helping Cowley to a record of 55-8 overall and a third place finish at the NJCAA Division II National Tournament during the 2013 season, Hoyt and Hargrove were named the National Fastpitch Coaches Association NJCAA Division II National Coaching Staff of the Year.

Hoyt is looking forward to leading the Lady Tiger program and feels fortunate to have had the opportunity to learn from Hargrove as a player and as an assistant coach.

"I am very thankful and blessed to have an opportunity to lead such a great program," Hoyt said. "My job will be to continue to get some of the top athletes in Kansas and Oklahoma. I look forward to competing and teaching these young ladies how to be successful at Cowley and at the next level."

Hargrove has had several former players serve as his assistant coach through the years and knew whoever he hired as his assistant back in 2011 would likely be in line to take over the program once he retired.

"Jenny is ready to take over and will do a great job," Hargrove said.

Prior to returning to Cowley in 2011, Hoyt spent one season as an assistant coach at NCAA Division II Mars Hill College in Asheville, North Carolina. A Rose Hill native, Hoyt helped coach the outfielders and pitchers at Mars Hill as the team went 29-18 overall and 9-7 in the South Atlantic Conference.

Hoyt helped Cowley capture back-to-back Jayhawk East titles during her two seasons as a player. After graduating from Cowley College in 2007, she transferred to Mars Hill College where she was a starting third baseman during both of her seasons at the school.

During the 2008 season Hoyt helped the Lions win a school record 39 games en route to the South Atlantic Conference championship game.

She helped the team to another successful season in 2009 as the Lions finished in second place in the highly competitive South Atlantic Conference, the highest finish in school history.

She received a Bachelor's degree in Business from Mars Hill College in 2009.

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