Hargis received his bachelor’s degree in health and physical education from TTU in 1963 and his master’s degree in physical education and administration in 1973. During his undergraduate career, he was a member of the Golden Eagle football team from 1958-1960. During those years, the team won the Ohio Valley Conference championship.
He coached football, baseball, track and golf for several years before becoming an education administrator. Hargis was principal of four schools before being elected Putnam County schools superintendent, a position he held from 1984-1992.
Smith was chair of TTU’s EXPW department for more than 30 years. A Cookeville native who lettered in three sports at TTU, he went on to a professional football career with the Los Angeles Rams and belongs to the university’s Athletics Hall of Fame.
To receive the award, recipients must have either a bachelor’s or master’s degree in EXPW from TTU and have achieved prominence in their career.