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Norwood selected for Wichita Sports Hall of Fame

04/08/14

Norwood selected for Wichita Sports Hall of Fame

Image of Lafayette Norwood coaching JCCC golf team.

OVERLAND PARK, KS – Lafayette Norwood, the current golf coach at Johnson County Community College and former basketball coach, is on a list of 10 individuals, two groups and a reporter who comprise the 2014 Wichita Sports Hall of Fame induction class. Norwood has also earned induction to the Cowley College HOF, Southwestern College HOF, Wichita Biddy Basketball HOF, Kansas Basketball Coaches HOF, Wichita East HOF and Oklahoma AAU Basketball HOF.

The other inductees are former Wichita State baseball coach Gene Stephenson, football player Mark Bell, basketball coach Steve Eck, administrator Dorothy Harmon, administrator Jesse Harper, bowler Ed Henning, football player Bob Long, track athlete Randy Smith, baseball player Chris Wimmer, the 2011-12 Friends University men’s and women’s cross country and track teams, and the Greater Wichita Officials Association. Wichita Eagle reporter Rick Plumlee will receive the fourth annual Mal Elliott Sports Media Award.

Induction ceremonies will take place at 2 p.m., May 17 at Hillside Christian Church in Wichita, Kan.

Norwood played guard for the immortal Ralph Miller at Wichita East High School. A 1952 graduate, Norwood helped lead Wichita East to a Kansas state basketball championship in 1951. He would continue his progression as a standout player at Arkansas City Junior College (now Cowley College). Norwood earned All-American in 1953 and 1954, he led the Tigers to two national tournament appearances, and a runner-up finish in 1953. He went on to earn his bachelor’s degree at Southwestern College and his master’s in education at Wichita State University.

Norwood’s 57-year coaching career began in 1957 when he took over the Wichita Biddy Basketball team. He led one squad to a championship in the World Biddy Basketball Tournament. He also had teams finish second, third, fourth and sixth.

In 1968, Norwood was hired as assistant coach at Wichita East, and a year later took over the program at Wichita Heights High School. He quickly established himself as one of the top prep coaches in Kansas. Over an eight-year span, Norwood led his teams to a 109-56 record and three City Championships. His 1975-76 squad finished runner-up in the state tournament, and a year later his team captured the title, finishing the season undefeated. That 1976-77 Heights team is considered the best in Kansas high school history.

That title enabled Norwood to share with coaching legend Ralph Miller the distinction of being the only two people in Kansas history to have played on and coached a men’s basketball state championship team.

Following that memorable season, Norwood jumped to collegiate ranks, serving as an assistant coach to Ted Owens at the University of Kansas. As a top recruiter for the Jayhawks, Norwood assemble teams that helped KU compile an 81-38 record in four years, and win two Big Eight championships.

Norwood’s next step was to take over the program at Johnson County. He served nine seasons, compiling a 146-136 record. He also coached one All-American, four all-region performers and 18 all-conference players. In 1992, he stepped down as basketball coach to take over the golf program.

Norwood has served a total of 32 years at JCCC, the previous 23 as golf coach. The 2012-13 season will go down as the best in team history, after leading the team to a conference championship and a fourth place finish at the National Tournament.

This season will be his last at Johnson County. The college decided to drop the program in January due to budget constraints.

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