H. W. "Bill" Hargiss
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Bill Hargiss - Honorary Referee at the Kansas Relays, 1974
April 1974
1974 Kansas Relays program page 1

     The final afternoon of the Kansas Relays in 1974 was a gratifying time for Bill. Friends, many of them from out of town, came to his home for lunch or supper and some came for both--it was open house all day. During the meet he and his daughter Shirley were driven around the track in a golf cart. He was happy and tired that night, but he talked energetically with his guests as long as any of them would stay.

Honorary Referee

     The Kansas Relays committee proudly recognizes Bill Hargiss, former University of Kansas track and football coach, as the honorary referee of the 1974 Relays.
     Hargiss, now retired and living in Lawrence, was track coach for the Jayhawks 11 years from 1933 to 1943. He also tutored the KU football program for four years and posted an 18-16-2 record.
     Today he is recognized as playing a major role in establishing the Kansas Relays as one of the country's top relay carnivals.
     His college coaching career included stops at College of Emporia, Oregon State, Emporia State and Kansas. He coached both track and football at Emporia State and Kansas with his teams enjoying outstanding success.
     He began his career at Kansas in 1928. Among his many well known track athletes at KU were Glenn Cunningham, world record holder in the mile for a number of years; Jim Bausch, who in 1932 set the Olympic record in the decathlon, and John Kuck, who won the shot put in the 1928 Olympics.

Honorary Title For Hargiss

     Lawrence, Kan.óBill Hargiss today was named honorary referee of the 49th Kansas Relays. The K.U. track carnival goes under the gun Wednesday and runs through April 20 in Memorial Stadium.
     "Bill is one of the people responsible for the Kansas Relays having a long established tradition of excellence," said Bob Timmons, the K.U. coach and meet director. "We hope this will in some way honor him for the role he has played in the meet's success."
     Hargiss was graduated in 1909 from Emporia (Kan.) State (then known as Kansas State Normal) and played football. basketball, track and baseball for the Hornets. His college coaching career included stops at College of Emporia, Oregon State, Emporia State and Kansas. He coached track and football at Emporia State and Kansas.

Larry Means (left) came to participate in the Larry Means, winner of Masters Mile 1974 Kansas Relaymaster's mile event. He was among the air force athletes Bill had coached in California 14 years earlier in preparation for the 1960 Olympic trials.