The Edmond Sun

February 11, 2014

Millions by his side

Memorial’s Cowherd wins USA Today contest

Scott Wanish
The Edmond Sun

EDMOND — Being a high school basketball coach, you wouldn’t think that there would be 1.8 million fans for just one.

But Edmond Memorial’s Shane Cowherd lassoed nearly 2 million votes to win the USA Today Best High Boys Basketball Coach award in an Online voting poll. Cowherd, who has captured a pair of elusive Class 6A state hoop championships in six years at Memorial, beat out second-place winner Joe Fenlon of Tampa Prep (Fla.) who possesses a robust 643-256 career record. Cowherd went 110-20 the past six years. Fenlon compiled over 1.5 million votes and coming in third was Fairbanks, Alaska’s, Frank Ostanik of Monroe Catholic High School. Monroe won the past two state championships and sports an eight-year mark of 151-51.

“Obviously, my being voted is due to a lot of friends, family and students  — both current and former — taking time out of their lives to vote for me,” Cowherd stated. “Of which, leaves me very humbled and appreciative of the opportunity I have to work in such a magnificent place.”

Cowherd was nominated through a combination of being ranked nationally the past few seasons and Oklahoma media sources.

With winning the contest, Cowherd secured $2,000 for the Memorial athletic department from USA Today that will be used as Bulldog Athletic Director Bill Bays determines.

The check and award will be presented at Memorial High School March 12 during Swine Week.

“Hopefully, that will be another opportunity (during Swine Week) to raise awareness of just how awesome our student body and culture is here at Edmond Memorial,” Cowherd added. “Great things happen here every day.”