Cottrell B. McGowan Gymnasium Dedication at Lanier Middle School
The R. O’Hara Lanier Gymnasium was named September 16, 2016, in honor of Coach Cottrell B. McGowan, in recognition of his contributions and dedication to the success of all Lanier School students.
Cottrell McGowan was hired in 1957 to coach football, basketball, track and baseball, without assistant coaches, for the R. O’Hara Lanier Schools, the then segregated school system in the Brazosport School District.
In 1960, Coach McGowan led the Lanier football team to the Class A State Championship, the first in BISD and in Brazoria County. Before a more than capacity crowd at Hopper Field, the Lanier Wildcats completed their perfect season, 14-0, against Dunbar, 28-24, earning their title. During Coach McGowan’s 8 years of coaching at Lanier High School, his teams earned an astonishing 90-12 record. McGowan went on to coach for Freeport Junior High, Brazosport High School, and was one of the first African-American coaches to be hired at the university level, serving 15 years as an assistant coach for the University of Colorado.
Coach Cottrell McGowan has been recognized by Texas Southern University as a Receiving Leader, and was inducted into the Prairie View Interscholastic League Coaches Association Hall of Honor in 2006.