Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Wrestling Booster Mourned ; Work of Harrison's Kent Gourley Had Harrison Program Overflowing

Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Wrestling Booster Mourned ; Work of Harrison's Kent Gourley Had Harrison Program Overflowing

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Kent Gourley ran Harrison High School's feeder school wrestling program so successfully that a problem emerged. "We had one of, if not the largest, feeder programs for wrestling over the last couple of years," said Bryan Speer, Harrison athletic director.

"We were running out of gym space the last couple years. But that's a problem you want to have."

Added Mark Mastison, Harrison's wrestling coach: "He got to where he built the program up so big it wouldn't fit in the wrestling room. We were in the hallways, wherever we could have practice."

Gourley, 57, killed on Wednesday when his bicycle was struck by a car on Green River Road, is being remembered as a volunteer who exuded enthusiasm for Harrison and for wrestling.

He had been a wrestler at Harrison and at Purdue University. He worked as a stockbroker.

The feeder school program run by Gourley in the Harrison district had recently grown to about 100 students.

"The EVSC pays a high school coach and an assistant coach, and that's it. …

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