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Published 10/19/2004

Owens Names New Women's Basketball Coach

Michael Llanas Owens Community College has named Michael Llanas to the position of Head Coach for the women's basketball program. Coach Llanas replaces Matt Godfrey, who served as Interim Head Coach from 2003-04.

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

Llanas joins the College with over 19 years of coaching experience at various levels. Since 1997, he has served as Head AAU Basketball Coach for Team Sports Rockers Basketball/Team Ohio. Earlier this year he led Team Ohio to the AAU Junior Olympic Games in Des Moines, Iowa, reaching the sweet sixteen and compiling a 4- 4 overall record. In 2003, Llanas served as an Assistant Coach for Team Ohio at the AAU Junior Olympics.

Prior to Team Sports Rockers Basketball/Team Ohio, he was the Varsity Girl's Head Basketball Coach at Elmwood High School from 1995-97. During his two- year tenure, Llanas accumulated a 20-25 overall record. He previously has held Varsity Assistant coaching positions at Elmwood and Gibsonburg high schools.

His accomplishments include being chosen as Head Coach for the Wood County Cage Classic and Fostoria Boosters/Time Warner Cablevision all-star basketball games in 1997.

"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," Llanas said.

The 2003-04 edition of the women's basketball program completed the season with a 24-11 overall record and a 9-5 mark (fourth place) in the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference regular season standings. The Express made its fourth trip to the NJCAA Division II National Championship, finishing ninth in the tournament. Owens was ranked as high as No. 7 in the NJCAA Division II women's basketball poll.

Llanas holds certification as an On Scene Incident Commander from the University of Findlay and International Organization of Standardization Training from the Northeastern Pennsylvania Industrial Resource Center. The Toledo resident is employed as a Quality Assurance Supervisor with Nebraska Industries Inc. in Wauseon.

Owens Community College is the fastest-growing higher educational institution in Ohio with 29 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 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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