Former Queen named to hall of fame

Release Date: November 10, 2009    


Former Wayland Baptist College Flying Queen Alice “Cookie” Barron has been named to the inaugural class for induction into the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association Hall of Fame. The induction will take place Dec. 15 at the 40th annual National Athletic Directors Conference being held at the Gaylord Texas Resort and Convention Center in Grapevine.

              Raised in Georgetown, Barron lettered in four sports at Georgetown High School then received a scholarship to play basketball for the Flying Queens. Barron played from 1954-57 and was a part of the team’s unprecedented record of 131 consecutive wins that stretched from 1953-58. An AAU All-American, Barron was a member of the U.S. Women’s basketball team that won the World Tournament in Brazil in 1957.

              Barron coached basketball in Texas and Colorado for 10 years before taking a position with Jefferson County Schools in Colorado in 1967. She held a number of positions before being named coordinator of athletics at Jefferson County in 1972, a position she held until her retirement in 1990. In 1967, Jefferson County had no girl’s athletics programs. By 1989, the school had 11 programs and from 1975-89, the school won 31 Class 3A and 2A state titles in girl’s sports.

              Barron was the first woman to serve on the Colorado High School Activities Association Board of Control, and she served on the executive board of the Colorado Athletic Directors Association for 10 years. She also served on the NIAAA membership committee for five years and on the NIAAA Board of Directors for four years. She was the first female administrator inducted into the National High School Hall of Fame in 1992, and is a member of seven other halls of fame, including Wayland’s Hall of Honor.