After seven years at Cowley College, Larson will become the new athletic director at Iowa Western

Greg Williams
Wellington Daily News
Cowley College Athletic Director Shane Larson

Arkansas City, Kansas - Cowley College athletic director Shane Larson has announced that he will be leaving Arkansas City to become the new athletic director at Iowa Western Community College in Council Bluffs, Iowa.

In the seven years, Larson has been with the school, the Tigers perennially finished among the top-10 community colleges in the Daktronics NATYCAA Cup standings, which is an annual report that shows how all two-year schools rank in postseason results for their institution.

“What has always impressed me about Shane is the level of care and level of commitment he has always had to the students and coaches,” Cowley College president Dr. Dennis C. Rittle said. “He always put others in front of his own needs and his own interests. He’s a tremendous professional and has a great future ahead of him. I count it a privilege to be able to call him a friend and wish him the absolute best at Iowa Western.”

During the 2020-2021 season, every Tiger athletic program was ranked among the top-20 teams in the country at some point in their season.

The women’s cross country team captured the program’s second-ever national championship, while the Tiger men’s basketball team and men’s tennis teams finished as the national runners-up. The Lady Tiger tennis team placed third nationally and the Cowley baseball team finished fifth at the JUCO World Series.

Also, the Tiger men and women’s track and field teams placed in the top-10 at the Indoor Championships and among the top-25 teams at the Outdoor National Championships. Larson was also the athletic director during the creation of the Tiger wrestling program, which has never lost a home dual in its three years of existence and placed 13th at the NJCAA Wrestling Championships.

“This decision is bittersweet as it is a great opportunity for my family and me but it is very difficult to say goodbye to so many great individuals that we have developed relationships with over the past seven years,” Larson said. "I am very lucky to have had the opportunity to work with a group of amazing coaches and staff.”

Prior to coming to Cowley, Larson was the athletic director and head women’s basketball coach at NJCAA Division I Kaskaskia College in Centralia, IL. Larson spent three years as athletic director and head coach of the Blue Angels basketball program.

At Kaskaskia College Larson oversaw the school’s 13 athletic programs, which allowed him a smooth transition to guide Cowley’s 15 athletic programs. Larson appreciated the support of Cowley’s alumni and boosters during his time at the school.

“I have often said Cowley is a special place because of the people,” Larson said. “I am very blessed to have had the opportunity to be a part of it for the past seven years. I will miss you all.”