All Time Winningest Arkansas College Coach Loses Battle with Cancer

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MONTICELLO, AR (Ben Caxton) — Alvin Early, the all-time winningest coach in the history of college athletics in Arkansas has died. Early coached the women’s basketball and softball teams at the University of Arkansas at Monticello for 39 years, including three years when he coached both sports and served as the school’s athletics director at the same time. His UAM teams won a combined 1,178 times, more wins than any college coach in the state’s history. A native of Fort Smith, Ark., Early grew up in Pahokee, Fla., and has been a part of the UAM family since the 1960’s. He attended UAM when the school was known as Arkansas A&M and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in 1967. He later earned a master’s degree from the University of Arkansas. Early died early Tuesday after a short battle with cancer.



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