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Owens Names New Women's Softball Head Coach
Owens Community College has named Duane Lanham to the position of Head Coach for the women's softball program. Lanham is taking over a program that has captured the last three Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (OCCAC) regular season championships.
"We are excited that an individual as talented and well respected as Duane will be joining the Owens women's softball program," said Michael Rickard, Owens Director of Athletics. "His leadership will serve as an outstanding role model for our student-athletes."
Lanham joins the College with more than 19 years of coaching experience at various levels. Since 1997, he has served as the varsity girl's softball coach for Sylvania Southview High School. He also has held positions as Sylvania Girl's Fast Pitch Summer Traveling Team coach, Sylvania Southview High School assistant varsity girl's softball coach and as a Hawkins Elementary Girl's Softball coach.
During Lanham's tenure at Sylvania Southview, he amassed an overall record of 125-69 and captured two Northern Lakes League titles. His teams twice advanced to the Division I regional finals.
His accomplishments include receiving Northern Lakes League Coach of the Year awards the past two seasons and the 2002 "Maumee Mirror" Softball Coach of the Year honor. In 2000 and 2002, Lanham was named the Northwest District Division I High School Coach of the Year.
Lanham also is an active member in his community, serving as president of the Sylvania Fast Pitch Softball Association and membership with the Down and Dirty Fast Pitch Softball Association. In addition, he has served as a softball and baseball umpire at various levels, including the NCAA, and is a clinician for the National Youth Sports Coaches Association.
"Owens Community College has long-standing tradition of academic and athletic excellence," Lanham said. "I am thrilled with the opportunity to make a positive impact on the College's student-athletes."
Lanham attended the University of Toledo and is a graduate of Whitmer High School. He resides in Sylvania.
The Express women's softball team this past year completed their best season in program history, finishing with a 41-14 overall record. They also captured their third consecutive OCCAC regular season championship with an 18-2 mark. In addition, Owens was ranked as high as No. 18 nationally in the NJCAA Division II Women's Softball regular season poll.
Owens Community College is the fastest-growing higher educational institution in Ohio with 27 consecutive semesters of enrollment increases. On the Toledo-area and Findlay-area Campuses, Owens serves more than 44,000 credit and non-credit students making it the number one choice for Northwest Ohio 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.