Another Honor For Alcorn’s ‘Rat’

By BASN Wire Services
Updated: March 14, 2009

ALCORN STATE, Ms. — Coach Willie “Rat” McGowan, Sr. has seen a lot during his tenure as Head Baseball Coach at Alcorn State University, such as coaching Greg Daniels, who led the NCAA in batting average (.545) in 1983.

Not to mention such major league draftees as Garland Godwin (’67), Arthur Spann (’74), Jimmy Giles ( ’76), Al Jones (’81), Stan Baker (’81), John Harrington (’83), Roy Hill (’87), Keiver Campbell (’91), Corey Wimberly (’05), Bradley Roper-Hubbard (’06) and Marcus Davis (’07).

On March 10th, Coach McGowan achieved a major milestone as he received his 700th career win in his 38th season on the Academic Resort. He joins the ranks of SWAC Coaches such as Robert Braddy, Sr. ( Jackson State), Roger Cador (Southern University), and Wilbert Ellis (Grambling State).

In the state of Mississippi, he’s now fifth behind Ron Polk (Mississippi State), Robert Braddy, Sr. (Jackson State), Bobby Halford (William Carey), and Hill Denson (Belhaven). Halford and Denson are the only coaches that are still active in coaching.

Of the historical 700th victory, Coach McGowan stated “That it is a tremendous contribution and that’s what you look for. I’ve been around a long time and I’m proud of that.”

McGowan believes he could have accomplished more had he not had double duties as a football and baseball coach which shortened his opportunities to play more games.

Longtime Atlanta Braves baseball scout, Ralph Garr says of McGowan’s 700th win, “This is a great achievement for Coach McGowan. The record should stand for itself. McGowan is a contributor to college baseball, as well as to Alcorn State University.”

Senior pitcher, Darryl Jordan, who has been a part of McGowan’s ballclub since the beginning of his matriculation at Alcorn State University, states, “This is a major milestone for Coach McGowan. I am happy for him and I am excited about being a part of his 700th win.”