PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, Ohio – Owens Community College’s Board of Trustees recently honored the Express men’s and women’s basketball teams for exhibiting leadership, teamwork and excellence during their highly successful 2012-13 seasons. Team members were recognized for their achievements at the College’s recent Board of Trustees meeting.
“Our goals as an athletic department are very simple, and we stress them daily to our student-athletes. We want to win championships and graduate student-athletes,” said Rudy Yovich, Owens Director of Athletics. “We have been very successful in achieving those goals, but only because of the tremendous support of our Administration and Board of Trustees. We are very proud to represent the entire Owens Community College family, both locally and nationally, and thank the Board of Trustees for this special recognition.”
The Express men’s basketball team, led by Head Coach David Clarke, recently finished fourth among 16 teams in the NJCAA Division II National Championship Tournament. Owens, which finished with a 26-10 overall record, totaled two victories and two loses during the double elimination tournament. Tournament wins came against Iowa Lakes Community College and Central Community College-Columbus. The Express’ tournament loses were to Rend Lake College and Brown Mackie College.
This was Owens’ eighth trip to the national championship tournament. The men’s basketball program captured NJCAA national championships during the 1991-92 and 1992-93 seasons and finished national runner-up in 1993-94. The Express’ most recent tournament appearance, prior to this year, took place in 2002-03. During the regular season, Clarke’s team finished in second place in the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (10-2 record).
The Express women’s basketball team recently completed one of its most successful seasons in program history finishing seventh among 16 teams in the NJCAA Division II National Championship Tournament. Led by Head Coach Michael Llanas, Owens totaled three victories and one loss during the tournament. Tournament wins came against Erie Community College, St. Louis Community College and Lake Michigan College. The Express’ lone tournament loss was to Community College of Rhode Island.
This was the fifth trip for the Express to the national championship tournament. Owens’ previous appearances, prior to the 2012-13 campaign, were in the 1997-98 (seventh place), 1998-99 (eighth place), 2002-03 (sixth place) and 2003-04 (ninth place) seasons.
Owens finished the season with a 28-8 overall record. Additionally, the Express captured the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference title (10-2 record) for the first time since the 2010-11 campaign. Owens was ranked No. 9 in the final NJCAA Division II Women’s Basketball regular season poll.
The College’s Board of Trustees is comprised of six community leaders who are appointed by the Governor of Ohio. Owens Board of Trustees members include Diana H. (Dee) Talmage of Ottawa Hills, H. Richard Rowe of Findlay, Dr. Ronald A. McMaster of Perrysburg, Edwin J. Nagle of Toledo, William E. Takacs of Toledo and Thomas R. Uhler of Rossford.