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  Linda Hargrove

    • Won over 400 games during 26 year collegiate coaching career
    • 1992 Olympic Team assistant coach
    • Coached professionally for the WNBA’s Portland Fire
      Hargrove, Linda
      Inducted 2007

      Born: April 2, 1950 – Great Bend, Kansas

      Graduated: Udall (KS) H.S., 1968; Cowley County Community College, 1970; Southwestern College, 1975; MD – Wichita State University, 1975.


      Linda Adams Hargrove was a highly successful basketball coach at the collegiate level in Kansas and later coached professional and Olympic teams. She was an AAU national-record hurdler as a youth and an ASA softball All-American but it was coaching that earned Hargove her highest honors.  Hargrove compiled a 429-248 record in 26 seasons as the head coach for Wichita State University and Cowley County Community College.

      College & Olympic Coach

      During her 17-year tenure at Cowley County, Hargrove compiled a 316-112 record, was named NJCAA Coach of the Year in 1987 and guided the Tigers to 10 league titles in 11 years.  Hargrove’s success attracted attention at the national level. In 1992, she served as an assistant coach for the 1992 U.S. Olympic team, which won the bronze medal in Barcelona, Spain.  At Wichita State, Hargrove led the Shockers to the school's first Missouri Valley Conference championship game in 1997 with a school-record 17 wins. She was named the MVC Coach of the Year in 1993 when she led WSU to its first winning season in 10 years. When Hargrove left Wichita State for the professional ranks in 1998, she had the most wins in school history. 

      Professional Career & Influence

      She was named the head coach and general manager of the Portland Fire of the Women’s National Basketball Association from 1999 to 2002. Hargrove then became a scout and assistant coach for the Washington Mystics before being named the Mystics general manager in 2005. Hargrove has served on the board of directors for the Women's Basketball Coaches Association as well as the USA Basketball Senior National Team Committee.


      Hargrove is also a member of the Southwestern College Athletic Hall of Fame, Cowley College Hall of Fame, and the NJCAA Hall of Fame.


      Click here to see Linda's Kansas Sports Hall of Fame induction speech