Tom Nowlin, longtime teacher, coach and friend of Graceland University, passed away peacefully in his home on Saturday, Aug. 22.
Nowlin coached five sports in more than 41 years while working at Graceland University. He was the first wrestling coach at Graceland and was the Head Coach of baseball, tennis and track while serving as an assistant football coach throughout his tenure with the Yellowjackets.
Coach Nowlin was committed to the idea at Graceland that emphasizes the importance of classroom performance before athletics. He influenced student-athletes to become a total person both on and off the competition field.
As a teacher, a coach and a longtime pillar of the Graceland community, Nowlin touched the lives of so many who came to “the Hill” to continue to pursue their passion. The Graceland flag was lowered to half-staff to honor Nowlin. A memorial service will be held Friday, Oct. 16, at 2 p.m. in the Eugene E. and Julia Travis Closson Center.