Emmalie Gessner Cowherd
Earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Baker with a cumulative 3.98 grade-point average. Ranked No. 1 in graduating class and was a member of Alpha Delta Sigma, a national honorary society. On campus, was a member of the Delta Delta Delta sorority and served as its president. Prior to intercollegiate sports, participated in a wide array of campus athletic competition and was voted the Outstanding Woman Athlete Award as a senior. Served as an officer of the junior class, as vice president of Panhellenic and as president of the Women’s Athletic Association. Was awarded the A.A.U.W. award for Outstanding Senior Woman.
Began teaching and coaching career at Baldwin High School. Taught psychology, general science, health and physical education. Served as pep club and junior class sponsor.
Continued teaching and coaching at Amity Regional Senior High School, Woodbridge, Conn. Taught general biology, human physiology and physical education. Coached basketball, synchronized swimming and softball. The 1966 softball team was undefeated.
Returned to Baker to teach and coach in 1976. Teaching responsibilities included first aid, swimming and softball. Chief responsibilities included organizing and coaching the University’s first intercollegiate varsity and junior varsity programs in softball and basketball. Recruited all athletes, developed the teams' schedules and purchased all associated equipment and uniforms. Coached the basketball team from 1976 to 1978 and the softball team in 1976-1983. The 1981 softball team went to National A.I.A.W. (Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women) tournament and finished ninth in the nation for Division III. The 1982 team went to the same tournament and finished third in the nation.
Additionally taught swimming in a number of capacities and places for 34 years. Was a certified water safety instructor and a water safety instructor trainer. Certified to teach C.P.R.
Served as a member of the University’s Alumni Board of Directors for six years.
Currently serves as business manager for Cowherd & Sons Farms, Carrollton, Mo.
Married to Clifton R. Cowherd. Has four sons, Benjamin Gessner Polen ’89, Dallas Allen Polen III ’91, Johnathan Alan Cowherd and Andrew Michael Cowherd.