College - Southwestern College (KS) '75
As the first head coach in Portland Fire franchise history, Hargrove
has a wealth of knowledge and experience from her years in establishing
women's athletic programs on the both the collegiate and professional
levels. From the beginning, even before the Fire's inaugural season in 2000,
Hargrove laid the groundwork that resulted in the intense, emotional,
exciting, and determined team that takes the floor every night. Now known
league-wide as the trademark of this Fire team, she has created a system
under which players give everything they have and know that Hargrove and her
staff are doing the same.
Named Head Coach on August 10, 1999, Hargrove had most recently
worked as the head coach and director of player personnel for the Colorado
Xplosion of the American Basketball League. When the ABL folded in 1998, she
worked as a consultant to the Orlando Miracle.
Prior to joining the professional ranks, Hargrove compiled a 429-248
record over 26 seasons as head coach for the Wichita State University
Shockers, and Cowley County Community College Tigers.
At Wichita State in 1989, Hargrove led the Shockers to the school's
first Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) championship game in 1997 with a
school record 17 wins. She was the MVC's Coach-of-the-Year in 1993 when she
led Wichita State to its first winning season in 10 years and third in 19
years. Hargrove led the Shockers to six straight MVC post-season
tournaments, a feat no other coach has ever accomplished at Wichita State.
During her 17-year tenure at Cowley County, Hargrove compiled a 316-112
record (.738), establishing herself as one of the premier coaches and
administrators in women's basketball. She was named Converse NJCAA Coach of
the Year in 1987 after the Tigers ended the year with a best-ever record of
28-4. She also earned the Women's Sports Foundation Coaches Award in 1988
and was named the Kansas Basketball Coaches Association Coach of the Year in
1989. Cowley produced four All-Americans and three Academic All-Americans
under Hargrove and she guided the Tigers to 10 league championships in 11
Her success attracted attention at the national level, and in 1988
she was selected to serve as administrative assistant for the U.S. Junior
National basketball team. During her stay with the Shockers, she continued
to gain international experience, as she was selected to be an assistant
coach for the 1990 U.S. Senior National women's team. In 1991, Hargrove
served as an assistant coach under Theresa Grentz for the 1992 U.S. Olympic
team, which won the bronze medal in Barcelona.
After so much success in the collegiate ranks and breaking into the
coaching ranks at the international level, many would have jumped at an
opportunity to coach at the professional level. The inception of the ABL in
1997 provided such an opportunity for Hargrove when the Long Beach Stingrays
offered her their head-coaching position. She went to Long Beach as a
consultant and even drafted the team that would go on to the ABL
Championship, but she turned down the job shortly after the draft and
returned to Wichita, the Shockers, and her family.
One year later, the ABL called again. This time it was the Colorado
Xplosion and she couldn't say no. She left for Colorado, but only a few days
after arriving in Denver, she was named as an assistant to USA national team
coach Nell Fortner. Just weeks later, she was off to Australia for a
five-game tour against the Australian National team. The lift her career was
given with a professional coaching position and an elite international post
was just as quickly turned around when the ABL folded in December of 1998,
13 games into her season.
When the WNBA expanded in the summer of 1999, she was ready to jump
back in to the pro ranks. With the support of the Trail Blazers organization
and a state-of-the-art facility in the Rose Garden as a home, Hargrove knew
this would be the perfect place to start again.
An active participant in numerous professional organizations, she
has served on the board of directors for the Women's Basketball Coaches
Assoc. as well as the USA Basketball Sr. National Team Committee.
Hargrove graduated magna cum laude in 1975 from Southwestern College
(KS) and earned a master's degree in education at Wichita State in 1985. She
was inducted into the Southwestern College Athletic Hall of Fame in
November, 1992 and the NJCAA Hall of Fame in 2000.
Hargrove and her husband of 30 years, Ed, have a son, Brian, a
daughter, Tara, and are the proud grandparents of Tara's two children, Jacob