Monte Madewell began his coaching career in 1971 at Berryhill High School as an assistant coach. He then moved to Haskell High School serving as assistant coach before taking over as head coach where he posted a 113-26 record in five seasons. He began an outstanding junior college coaching career in 1979.
During his 20 years as head coach of the Connors State Cowgirls, Madewell amassed an 82 percent winning percentage posting a record of 547-121, which resulted in more than 27 wins per year. He coached 17 NJCAA All-Americans, many Academic All-Americans and two National Players of the Year. His teams were perennial contenders for the Region II championship and won an NJCAA National Championship in 1985 and finished runner-up in 1989.
Madewell was inducted into the NJCAA Basketball Hall of Fame and Oklahoma High School Girls Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2002.
In all, Madewell led the Cowgirls to eight Region II and Bi-State Conference championships and eight appearances in the NJCAA National Tournament. The Cowgirls also obtained the No. 1 ranking in the NJCAA basketball poll during seven different seasons.
Madewell’s teams post 73 straight home victories from November 1982 to February 1990. It was during his eight-year stretch that Madewell led the Cowgirls to a 103-2 record.
In 1985 he was selected as the NJCAA Coach of the Year and coached the NJCAA All-Star Game. His career record for the only two head coaching jobs that he held was 660-147.
Madewell served as Connors State College’s Athletic Director for 21 years and as the NJCAA Region II Director for eight years. He retired from Connors in 2001 before becoming the Superintendent of Warner Public Schools, retiring in 2012.
Madewell and his wife Susan, a former Cowgirl and retired elementary teacher, live on Fort Gibson Lake. They have a daughter, Mindy, also a former Cowgirl, who lives in Tahlequah with husband Nick Baker, along with three children, and a son Martin and wife Ashley, who reside in Tulsa with their daughter Saylor.
Madewell was inducted into the Connors State College Athletic Hall of Fame on October 18, 2014.