A Winning Tradition
"The goal is simple: we want to win championships and graduate student-athletes," said Rudy Yovich, Owens Express Athletic Director.
And that's exactly what they did.
Express teams competed their way to four National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) D-II National Tournament appearances, four Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (OCCAC) titles, and four region/district championships.
Those accomplishments tied the College's record for most OCCAC titles in one year and broke the record for most national tournament appearances in one year.
Five Express student-athletes earned NJCAA All-American honors - placing them at the top of all community colleges athletes in the nation - the most in one year in Express athletics history.
A summary of "a winning tradition":
- 4 National Tournament Appearances
- Women's volleyball – 4th place
- Men's basketball – 4th place
- Women's basketball – 7th place
- Men's golf – 10th place
- 71 student-athletes with GPAs above 3.0 (Fall Semester)
- 61 student-athletes with GPAs above 3.0 (Spring Semester)
- 4 NJCAA Regional/District Championships
- 8 NJCAA Regional Appearances
- 4 OCCAC Championships
- 5 NJCAA All-Americans
- 9 NJCAA Academic Award Recipients
- 2 NJCAA All-Academic Team Awards
- 33 All-OCCAC Selections
- 31 Academic All-OCCAC Selections
- 24 All-Region Athlete Selections
- Ranked 23rd nationally in the National Alliance of Two Year College Athletic Administrators Learfield Sports Directors' Cup overall standings, scholarship division
"This has been one of the most exciting seasons Owens Express athletics has experienced. Credit is due to all coaching staffs and our student-athletes who work hard every day and really represent our college well," said Yovich.