The final touches to Ed Hargrove Field were added to former Lady Tigers Field last week with the installation of a state-of-the-art scoreboard.
In October 2019, when the committees consisting of the Cowley College Board of Trustees, athletic director Shane Larson, vice president of institutional advancement Dr. Kori Gregg and others involved with the field naming process informed Ed Hargrove that the field would be named in his honor, Ed and his wife, Linda, decided that if his name was going to be on the softball field, then the couple wanted the field to have a first-class scoreboard.
Ed and Linda talked to Larson and Gregg about what the couple wanted to do concerning the scoreboard. They priced scoreboards, then made a significant contribution to the Cowley College Foundation so they could proceed with the process of purchasing the scoreboard.
L.G. Pike Construction in Arkansas City, along with the maintenance team at Cowley College, did the work of installing the new scoreboard.
“Linda and I think the scoreboard looks great,” Ed said. “Even better than we expected. I thank everyone involved in the process, including Cowley College president Dr. Dennis C. Rittle.”
Ed Hargrove coached the Lady Tigers for 30 years, from 1985 to 2014 when he retired. He won 18 Jayhawk Conference Championships, the most of any Region VI softball coach, won nine Region VI District Championships, the most of any Region VI softball coach, made nine National Softball Tournament appearances, the most of any Region VI softball coach, tallied 1,142 wins, the most in the nation by any NJCAA softball coach, tallied the most wins by any softball coach in Region VI history, and earned the most wins by any softball coach in Kansas at any level at the time of his retirement — high school, NAIA, NJCAA, NCAA D-II and NCAA D-I.
He was inducted into the National Junior College Athletic Association Softball Hall of Fame in 2007 and the Tiger Athletic Hall of Fame in 2009, and also was presented the Outstanding Accomplishment Award in 2008 by the Greater Wichita Sports Commission.
Hargrove was also the recipient of the Pride of Kansas award by the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame in 2013.
“A big thank you to Ed and Linda for donating this scoreboard and helping put the final touches on the softball facility updates,” Larson said. “We believe these renovations done over the past four years will make the facility one of the best in the Jayhawk Conference and in the region.”
Ed said current head coach Jenny Hoyt has done a good job of recruiting without the scoreboard and other recent renovations, including a two-story press box, restrooms, closed dugouts, renovated locker rooms, a concessions trailer and a new outfield fence.
“It’s turning into a nice college softball facility that recruits should want to play on,” Hargrove said.