SPORTING ICON: E. Wayne Cooley Dies

E Wayne Cooley

Girls’ sports lost an icon Saturday.

E. Wayne Cooley, the former Executive Secretary of the Iowa Girls Athletic Union died at the age of 90.

Cooley was a pioneer for girls’ sports working with the union for almost 50 years.

In an accomplished career, his resume has some notable achievements.

Cooley developed the state 6-player girl’s basketball tournament which drew national attention. He is a member of the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame and established the nation’s first high school softball tournament in 1955.


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