> Howard County Sports Hall of Fame Release
KOKOMO, Ind. – Amherst College women's tennis head coach Jackie Bagwell is set to be inducted into the Howard County Sports Hall of Fame on October 27, 2018 at the organization's annual Induction Banquet at the Creative Financial Centre.
One of seven honorees, Bagwell is part of the 16th class inducted into the Howard County Sports Hall of Fame since its establishment. Founded in 2003, the Howard County Sports Hall of Fame was developed to honor outstanding persons who have gained prominence and have made substantial contributions on behalf of themselves and Howard County, Indiana in the fields of amateur and professional sports.
A 1980 graduate of Haworth High School in Kokomo, Indiana, Bagwell excelled in tennis and basketball at the high school level before going on to attend Columbus College and the University of Texas-Permian Basin, where she helped lead the Falcons to an NAIA National Tournament appearance.
Taking over the coaching reigns at Amherst in 1991 following a stint at Hamilton College, Bagwell oversaw several successful years before leading the program to the college's first ever NCAA Division III team crown in any sport in 1999. In 28 seasons with the Mammoths, she has amassed a 430-109 overall record – a .800 winning percentage – mentored two NCAA singles champions and six NCAA doubles title winners, and landed countless individual accolades including being named the 2007 and 2014 NESCAC Coach of the Year, the 2011 ITA Northeast Coach of the Year and the 2000 Boston Area Coach of the Year.
"We are thrilled with this class," said Hall of Fame President Dean Hockney. "Since founding the Howard County Sports Hall of Fame in 2003, our board of directors is in continual awe of the accomplishments of each succeeding class of inductees. This year we have state champs, scoring leaders, record-breakers, and a community icon. Howard County has been blessed with outstanding sports personalities, and we are proud to tell their stories."
Joining Bagwell in the Class of 2018 are Mark Gabriel, Gary Mumaw, Mick Owens, Willard Rice, Cari Stover-Richards and Ricke Stucker.