Goodbye Grove: Thanks for the Memories

Ivan H. Grove

ivan grove for bioGrove Physical Education Building is named for Ivan Grove, a college all-conference athlete and former all-sports coach and athletic director at Hendrix. He joined Hendrix in 1924, serving as head basketball coach until 1946, head football coach until 1955, head football coach until 1955 and head track coach until 1958. He retired in 1962 shortly after the opening of Grove Gym.

Born in Denver, Colo., in 1894, he attended Henry Kendall College (now University of Tulsa).  While at Kendall, Grove was a four-year letterman in all four major sports.  During his time there, he earned all-conference honors in football, baseball, basketball and track.

Grove was the quarterback for the 1916 and 1919 undefeated Kendall College football teams. In 1919, he led the nation in scoring with 194 points and was selected to the all-Oklahoma and all-southwest teams.  In 1922, Grove received an Athletic Coaching Certificate from the University of Michigan, certifying him to coach football, baseball, basketball, track and field events. The certificate also certified him in athletic training, physical examinations, playground activities and athletic administration. 

Following graduation, Grove held coaching positions at Oklahoma Baptist University and at Arkansas before coming to Hendrix. 

During his life, Grove received many awards for both his athletic and civic accomplishments, including the following:

  • 1948 Arkansas Democrat Sunday Magazine's "Arkansan of the Year"
  • Charter Member Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame
  • Member NAIA Hall of Fame
  • Member Helm Hall Athletic Foundation Hall of Fame
  • Distinguished Service Award from Conway Chamber of Commerce
  • Charter Member University of Tulsa Athletics Hall of Fame
  • Charter Member Hendrix Sports Hall of Honor
  • Member Arkansas Track & Field Hall of Fame