Master's Theses


Health and Human Performance

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


This study was designed to investigate and record the boyhood, educational, and professional experiences of Lowell “Alex” Francis, which combined, contributed to shaping Alex into an influential leader, and into a productive coach, educator and intramural director. There are no hard, fast, quantifiable measures attributed to Coach Francis’ success. Therefore, this historical investigation followed Alex’s rise to national and international legendary status in an effort to explain his popularity and success as a track and field coach. In viewing the life of Alex, the reader grows to understand how Nebraska-born, multi-talented young athlete ultimately became mentor and coach to hundreds of track and field athletes at Fort Hays State University for nearly 34 years, from 1946 through 1980. In addition, this investigation provides a record of accomplishments by Alex and his track and field teams for posterity at Fort Hays State. Lastly, this study provides a record of contributions by Alex in physical education and in the sport of track and field.


Don Fuertges

Date of Award

Spring 1999

Document Type

Thesis - campus only access


© 1999 Michael J. Dawes


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