Ed Renfrow (2005)
In 1960, at Charleston HS, set the State Class B record in the 120 yd. high hurdles and won the Meet of Champs in 14.9 sec., at that time the 2nd fastest time ever run in Arkansas HS track.
In 1964, at the UA, he ran 13.9 to become the 2nd fastest UA high hurdler after Clyde Scott and placed 7th in the 1964 NCAA Outdoor Track meet.
Renfrow started his coaching career at Woodland Junior High in Fayetteville in 1965, moving next to Neosho, Missouri, where he started the cross-country program in 1967. From 1970 until 1977 he was the UA’s Head Coach for Men’s Cross-country and Track.
From 1979, when he started the program, until 1981, he was the UA’s first Head Coach for Women’s Cross Country and Track. During that time at the UA, he was able to work on and complete his Doctorate.
For 23 years, beginning in 1981, at John Brown University Renfrow held a variety of jobs. For seven years he was Head Coach for JBU’s Cross Country and Track teams while at the same time teaching in the physical education department. In 2003 and 2004 Renfrow served as JBU’s Sports Information Director before retiring in 2004. In addition to the time spent coaching and teaching, he also has been involved in backpacking and taught a camping and backpacking class at JBU, leading groups on trips in Colorado, New Mexico and Arkansas.
In 1983, he began taking flying lessons and after earning his pilot's license has been part owner in 10 different airplanes and has enjoyed flying various places across the country.
During his career at JBU, Renfrow became interested in missions projects and has served in six short-term missions in Guatemala, Mexico and Venezuela.
In the last 5 years, he has become interested in and has completed one layout for model railroading. At the present he is working on expanding that layout to approximately 3 times the original size.
Renfrow and his wife of 41 years, Jane, have traveled in Europe on several occasions, most recently a 3-week trip to Scotland in the fall of 2004. They have two married daughters, Mindy and Lori. Mindy and Michael have two children, Jordan and Joshua. Lori and Stephen have two children, Olivia and Ella.