Cowley College has announced the Tiger Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2020.

All-American softball player Jacey Juden, Juco World Series-winning baseball pitcher Dale Pearson, longtime track and field head coach Mark Phillips, former volleyball head coach Joanna Pryor and the 1989 national title-winning tennis team were chosen for selection during ceremonies Jan. 18, 2020.

Jacey Juden

One of the most dominant pitchers in the history of the softball program, Jacey Juden compiled a 43-10 record during her two years in the circle. She was a unanimous Jayhawk East Most Valuable Player selection each year and was named an All-American as a sophomore.

The right-hander was named the 2009 Greater Wichita Sports Commission College Division Female Athlete of the Year and still holds three pitching records at Cowley.

Juden was also a feared hitter, with 12 career home runs and 99 runs batted in. The dual-threat athlete helped the Lady Tigers to a two-year record of 94-17.

After Cowley, she signed a softball and rodeo letter of intent at Northwestern Oklahoma State University. Juden helped to lead the Lady Rangers to a conference title in her only year of softball at NWOSU.

She is currently in her fourth year of teaching and coaching softball at Vici, Okla.

Dale Pearson

A member of the 1997 World Series title team, Dale Pearson played a key role in helping the Tigers to achieve their first Juco World Series title.

Pearson, who tossed three no-hitters during his sophomore season, won two games and recorded one save at the World Series during Cowley’s magical run to the title.

His three no-hitters and three consecutive shutouts remain a Cowley school record. With Pearson anchoring the pitching staff, the Tigers went 104-24 during his two years at the school.

After Cowley, he went on to pitch at Oklahoma State University and helped the Cowboys to advance to the 1999 College World Series. He was later drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers, where he played in the team’s minor league system.

Pearson went on to serve as a high school teacher and baseball coach in Oklahoma and helped Union (Okla.) High School to three state titles. 

Mark Phillips

Mark Phillips, who has led the track and field program for 17 years, has guided the Cowley men to six of the past 13 indoor conference titles and five of the past 13 outdoor conference championships. He has also led the Lady Tigers to three straight indoor conference titles and back-to-back outdoor conference titles.

Phillips led the Lady Tigers to a ninth-place finish nationally during both the Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field Championships in 2019.

Phillips led the Tigers to their first-ever Jayhawk East Triple Crown in 2008, winning championships in indoor track, outdoor track and cross country.

Phillips has led the Tigers to two national championships, 32 Jayhawk Conference titles, 11 Region VI titles and 14 top-five finishes at the NJCAA National Championships.

Prior to coming to Cowley, he spent 12 years at Johnson County Community College, including four years as head coach, where he played a key role in a lengthy list of cross country and track team accomplishments.

Phillips received a bachelor’s degree in physical education from Northwest in 1984. He earned his master’s degree in education from University of Berkley-Michigan in 2001. He is USA Track and Field certified Level 1 coaching and Level 2 Jumps.

Joanna Pryor

Joanna Pryor was at Cowley a total of 10 years, two as a player and eight as a coach.

She was All-Jayhawk Conference as a player in 1996 and 1997. She was also All-Region VI All-District both years. The Lady Tigers went 38-24 in 1996 and 39-22-1 in 1997. 

She returned to coach at Cowley from 2001 to 2008, compiling a 218-93-3 record, including 93-64-3 in Division I.

The Lady Tigers were conference champions in 2005, 2006 and 2008, and were district champions in 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008. Pryor was named District Coach of the Year each season. She helped the Lady Tigers to win at least 20 matches each season, and took the Lady Tigers to the NJCAA tournament in each of her last four seasons, including a national runner-up finish in 2005 and a third-place finish in 2006.

Pryor coached eight All-Americans, five Academic All-Americans, 19 All-Region/All-District players and 28 All-Conference players.

After leaving Cowley she went on to coach at NCAA Division II Newman University for two years before moving into athletic administration as the associate athletic director and compliance director. She compiled 25 victories overall during her tenure, and was named Heartland Conference Coach of the Year in 2010 after leading the team to its first winning conference record as a member of NCAA Division II.

She is in her first year as Newman’s athletic director.

1989 men’s tennis team

The 1989 men’s tennis team became the first national championship winning team in the history of Cowley athletics.

The Tigers were so dominant, they had the title wrapped up after the semifinal round.

Led by head coach Larry Grose, a 2008 Tiger Athletic Hall of Fame inductee, the 1989 team had an individual national champion in singles and also had a championship-winning doubles team.

Tim Shanahan, who teamed with Coach Grose’s son, Jason, to win the NJCAA doubles title in 1989, highlighted the six-member squad. Other team members were Bill Shaw, Doug Owen, Dan MacDonald and Eric Wedemeyer.

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