Bill Hargiss named to NAIA Track Hall of Fame, 1959
By BOB HENTZEN, 1959
H. W. "Bill" Hargiss, executive secretary of the Kansas Athletic Commission, was
named Thursday to the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of
Fame for track.
Hargiss, and four others chosen Thursday by the NAIA awards
committee, will receive the honor at the eighth annual track championships at Sioux
Falls, S. D., June 5-6.
Hargiss was for 28 years an outstanding track coach in
the middle west.
AMONG THE athletes he coached are Lige Williams, national
220-yard dash champion; Earl McKown, national pole vault champion; John Kuk, world
record holder and Olympic champion in the shot put; Elwyn Dees, national shot put
champion; Clyde Coffman, national pentathlon champion; James Bausch, world record
holder and Olympic decathlon champion; and Glenn Cunningham, world record holder
in the mile run and national champion in the 880 and two-mile.
Hargiss started his coaching career at Marion High School.
He was there one year before moving to the college ranks.
He served three years at College of Emporia, then went
to Emporia State for 12 years. Hargiss coached two years at Oregon State, then moved
back to the state and joined the staff of the University of Kansas.
HE COACHED football for five years and track for 10 at
KU. His teams won five Kansas Conference track championships and at KU he
won three outdoor and two indoor Big Six titles.
Others named to the NAIA track hall of fame were: Dr. Lloyd
Warner Olds of Eastern Michigan college; Dr. Harold B. Goodell of South Dakota School
of Mines and Technology; Robert McMillen of Occidental and Paul Retlaff of South
Dakota State college. The first two are coaches and the other two athletes.