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NEO A&M’s Joe Renfro Wins Prestigious Walter Hauck NJCAA Presidential Award for Coaching Excellence

Joe Renfro, the head coach at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M, has been given the inaugural Walter Hauck NJCAA Coaches Association President of the Year Award.

The award was given by the NJCAA and honors winners for dedicated service, devotion and commitment to the NJCAA.

Hauck, who passed away in 2023, was a longtime coach at Westchester Community College in Valhalla, New York, and was the head coach of the NJCAA Bowling Coaches Association while holding jobs as head bowling coach, head golf coach and assistant athletic director.

Renfro has been the head record coach at NEO — located in Miami — since the 2013-14 season. He is also the athletic director at the junior college. He also actively serves the NJCAA Wrestling Coaches Association as President.

He said the school got a call the school to let him know of the honors — the first time he had heard of the award.

“I’m definitely honored,” said Renfro, who lives in nearby Seneca, Missouri. “I honestly do believe there are a lot of coaches in the NJCAA that are more deserving than I am. There are guys that work tremendous hours and the pay isn’t great and they do everything they can for their sport and doing a good job of working hard.”

Renfro said the entire NEO A&M campus is full of people who support all the programs. In his role as the association president, he said he talks to coaches on the East Coast or West Coast to work on making the sport better. 

Renfro is 236-46-4 in his tenure at NEO and will be entering his 11th year this upcoming season. He became the head coach in March 2013 after a stint at Labette County Community….

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