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Published 10/10/2003
Owens Names Interim Women's Basketball Coach

Matt Godfrey Owens Community College has named Matt Godfrey to the position of Interim Head Coach for the women's basketball program. Coach Godfrey replaces Mark Henry, Head Coach from 2001-03, who died in a car accident during the summer.

"We are excited that an individual with Matt's extensive coaching background will be joining the Owens women's basketball program," said Michael Rickard, Owens Director of Athletics. "His display of leadership, both on and off the court, will serve as an outstanding role model for our student-athletes."

Godfrey joins the College with over 13 years of coaching experience at various levels. Since 2000, he has served as the varsity assistant girl's basketball coach for Grosse Ile High School in Grosse Ile, Michigan. While at the school, Godfrey was a member of three Huron League and District championship teams.

His coaching experience also includes serving as the head coach for women's basketball at Henry Ford Community College in Dearborn, Michigan, from 1997-2002. During Godfrey's tenure, he amassed an overall record of 81-63 and captured the 1997-98 Michigan Community College Athletic Association conference championship. In addition, he served as an assistant coach at Henry Ford for two years.

Prior to Henry Ford, Godrey was the varsity girl's head coach at Wayne Memorial High School in Wayne, Michigan, for two years. During his tenure he accumulated an overall record of 22-22. Godfrey previously has held varsity assistant coaching positions at Allen Park High School in Allen Park, Michigan, and Riverview Community High School in Riverview, Michigan.

His accomplishments include receiving the Real Sports Award for coaching excellence by Michigan's Junior College Athletic Directors in 1999. While as an assistant or head coach, Godfrey coached teams have recorded 19 seasons with a 50 percent winning percentage or above.

"I am thrilled with the opportunity to coach at Owens Community College and look forward to building upon the already rich academic and athletic tradition," Godfrey said.

The Express completed last season with a 25-11 overall record and tied for third place with a 9-5 mark in the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (OCCAC) regular season standings. The program made its third trip to the NJCAA Division II National Championships, finishing sixth in the tournament. In addition, Owens was ranked as high as No. 5 nationally in the NJCAA Division II Women's Basketball regular season poll.

Godfrey earned an Air Frame Power Plant Certificate from the Michigan Institute of Aeronautics and a Michigan Limited Appraisers License from the Real Estate and Appraisal Institute. He resides in Brownstown, Michigan.

Owens Community College is the fastest-growing higher educational institution in Northwest Ohio with 26 consecutive semesters of enrollment increases. On the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, Owens serves more than 40,000 credit and non-credit students making it the number one choice for new college students. Owens is committed to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability. Owens Community College offers over 130 program areas in Agriculture, Business, Fine and Performing Arts, Health, Public Service, Skilled Trades, Industrial and Engineering Technologies. Owens students also can earn the first two years of a bachelor's degree with a smooth transfer to any area four-year college or university.


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