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Published 11/5/2003
Owens Remembers Coach Mark Henry During Women’s Basketball Game, November 10

Owens Community College will hold a memorial to remember Mark Henry, Head Coach from 2001-2003, who died in a car accident during the summer. The tribute will take place prior to the women’s basketball season opener on Monday, November 10.

The event is scheduled to occur at 5:30 p.m. in the Student Health and Activities Center (SHAC) on the Toledo-area Campus. Owens is located on Oregon Road, four miles from Downtown Toledo.

Student-athletes and coaching staffs from all six of the College’s intercollegiate athletic programs and cheerleading will be in attendance for the tribute. As part of the ceremony, Owens’ coaches and athletic staff members will be given the chance to share their memories of Coach Henry. In honor of their former head coach, the Owens women’s basketball program has dedicated the 2003-04 season in his memory and will be wearing the initials of ‘MH” on their jerseys.

“Mark’s time with Owens Community College was all too short,” said Michael Rickard, Owens Director of Athletics. “He was a gentle man with a friendly smile and a great attitude. Coach Henry made the best of everything life had to offer, and was truly a spectacular coach and role model.”

Rickard added, “This ceremony is dedicated to remembering an individual that meant a great deal, not only to Owens Community College, but to the entire community. He is greatly missed.”

Coach Henry began his Owens career as an Assistant Coach in 1995. Serving as the program’s Head Coach since 2001, Henry led the Express to several accomplishments during his tenure. The greatest of these accomplishments included guiding Owens to a sixth-place finish at the NJCAA Division II National Championship tournament in 2003 – the best showing in program history. His squad also captured the 2003 Region XII District Championship. He compiled a 47-22 overall record while leading the Express to two third-place finishes in the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (OCCAC).

Prior to his collegiate coaching experience, Henry was a successful girls basketball coach at Summerfield High School in Petersburg, Michigan. Away from basketball, he was a devoted softball and baseball umpire in the Michigan High School Athletic Association and the Mid-American Conference. He additionally was an AAU basketball official.

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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