SNU Alumnus Wins National Coaches Award

Southern Nazarene University alumnus Shane Cowherd (’99) was recently named as USA TODAY’s “Best Boys’ Basketball Coach 2014.” Selected from a group of 306 elite high school coaches, Cowherd, head coach of Memorial High School (Edmond, Oklahoma) received 1,831,735 votes in the final round alone, won $2,000 for Edmond Memorial High School and will receive a trophy during a ceremony at the high school. There were 4,327,986 votes cast nationally in the final round, and 6,180,903 were cast overall.

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As the winner of this prestigious national award, Cowherd expressed his appreciation to his family, friends, and former and current students. “I have long tried” Cowherd said, “to model to my students and players what was modeled to me as a son, brother, grandson, nephew and cousin: Love and respect must be granted in order for love and respect to be returned. “And, thanks to my amazing wife. She has been with me every minute of the journey and, to all, thank you for enriching and blessing my family. I am in no way worthy.” Shane’s wife, Marla (Murray) is also a graduate of Southern Nazarene University.

During his seven seasons at Edmond (OK) Memorial, Cowherd has compiled a 124-22 record, winning Class 6A state titles in 2011 and 2013.

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