Jim Welling, head men's basketball coach at Owens Community College for 12 success-filled years, celebrated a milestone December 6th with his 300th victory.
"Something like this doesn't happen alone - I've received tremendous support from an endless number of people," Welling said. "Everyone has been behind our program and that's a great feeling."
From point guard to head coach, Welling has been a familiar face on the Owens basketball scene for more than a decade.
As head coach for the Owens Express, Welling has led the team to win the NJCAA Division 2 National Championships in 1992 and 1993. In 1994, the team took second place at nationals and in 1996, it took third place.
Under his leadership, the Express also has won four Great Lakes Region XII Championships, six OCCAC Conference Championships and seven OCCAC State Tournament Championships.
Welling played as a point guard for the Express in 1977 and 1978 and still holds the single game assist record for the College - 16 assists in one game. He served as assistant men's coach from 1984 to 1985 and then was appointed head coach in 1986. He is the sixth coach in the history of the Owens basketball program.
Welling is a native of Luckey and graduated from Owens and the University of Toledo. He and his family currently live in Millbury.
This season, the Owens Express is ranked NO. 2 in the nation by the NJCAA and has a record of 6-1.