Jim Welling, Owens Community College men's basketball coach, could celebrate his 400th win next week if the Owens Express defeat Sinclair CC Saturday and Columbus State CC next Wednesday.
With one of the highest winning percentages in the country, Welling's career record to date is 398-93 and he averaged 27 wins per season in 14 seasons as head coach. This is his 15th year coaching the Express.
"Coach Welling has been an outstanding leader for our program and this is a major accomplishment," Athletic Director Michael Rickard said. "To reach this milestone so quickly demonstrates what a special coach and person he really is."
Welling was the NJCAA Coach of the Year in 1992 and 1993 and Great Lakes Region 12 Coach of the Year six of the past nine years, including the 1999-2000 season.
The Owens Express were NJCAA Champions in 1992 and 1993. They have been in the NJCAA National Tournament six of the last nine years - an NJCAA Division II appearance record. The Express has won the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference title six of the past 11 years and Great Lakes Region 12 Tournament six of the past nine years.
Owens has a 210-17 home court record over 15 seasons (93%) and is 48-1 at home for the past three seasons. Also, Owens has won 29 straight at home, including all eight games this year.
The Owens Express has been ranked in the Top 10 NJCAA Division II national rankings for 12 consecutive years and finished the 1999-2000 season ranked No. 2 nationally with a record of 34-4. Owens currently is ranked No. 4 in the poll.
Welling also is proud of the record his players have in the classroom. Owens has placed more than 90 percent of student-athletes in four-year colleges or universities.
The Express play Sinclair CC Saturday at 2 p.m. and then play Columbus State CC at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the new Owens Student Health & Activities Center. Admission is free.
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