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Kentucky Wesleyan Panthers
Kentucky Wesleyan Panthers
School Name: Kentucky Wesleyan College
Location: Owensboro, Kentucky
Arena: Owensboro Sportscenter
Capacity: 5,002
Conference: G-MAC
Head coach: Todd Lee

The Kentucky Wesleyan College Panthers men's basketball team represents Kentucky Wesleyan College, a private college of less than 1000 students located in Owensboro, Kentucky. The Panthers, a member of the Great Midwest Athletic Conference (G-MAC), have won eight NCAA Division II championships, most recently in 2001 and dating back to 1966.

Conference play[]

Kentucky Wesleyan, currently a member of the G-MAC, has often represented both its current league and its prior home of the Great Lakes Valley Conference in the NCAA Division II men's Elite Eight. After coming off probation,[citation needed] the Panthers finished 13–14 in the 2007 season.[citation needed] The past seasonTemplate:When saw the Panthers return closer to their old status as powerhouse, attaining a record of 24–8 and making the NCAA tournament for a record 34th time. Star center Jeff Fahnbuelleh was named GLVC Player of the Year and Coach Todd Lee was named Coach of the Year.[citation needed]

Joel Utley has been the "voice of the Panthers" for 48 seasons (including all eight championships), and calls all the Wesleyan basketball games on local Owensboro radio station WBIO.[citation needed]

Division II Championship appearances[]

The Panthers advanced to the Division II championship game six consecutive years (1998–2003), winning in 1999 and 2001; the team later forfeited its 2003 runner-up status after it was revealed they had let two ineligible transfer players play.[1]

In addition, they won six other championships (1966, 1968, 1969, 1973, 1987, and 1990) and were runners-up in 1957. Overall, Kentucky Wesleyan has won eight NCAA Division II National Men's Basketball Championships, which is the most by any NCAA Division II School.[citation needed]

Records[]

Year Coach W L T Notes
2008-09 Todd Lee 19 9 0
2007-08 Todd Lee 24 8 0
2006-07 Todd Lee 13 14 0
2005-06 Todd Lee 7 19 0
2003-04 Ray Harper 2 3 0 Vacated 20 wins & 5 losses
2000-01 Ray Harper 31 3 0 Division II Champions
1999-00 Ray Harper 31 3 0
1998-99 Ray Harper 35 2 0 Division II Champions
1997-98 Ray Harper 30 3 0
1996-97 Ray Harper 21 8 0
1995-96 Wayne Boultinghouse 17 10 0
1994-95 Wayne Boultinghouse 23 6 0
1993-94 Wayne Boultinghouse 23 7 0
1992-93 Wayne Boultinghouse 21 6 0
1991-92 Wayne Boultinghouse 23 8 0
1990-91 Wayne Boultinghouse 22 8 0
1989-90 Wayne Chapman 31 2 0 Division II Champions
1988-89 Wayne Chapman 24 7 0
1987-88 Wayne Chapman 23 7 0
1986-87 Wayne Chapman 28 5 0 Division II Champions
1985-86 Wayne Chapman 22 8 0
1984-85 Mike Pollio 24 7 0
1983-84 Mike Pollio 28 3 0
1982-83 Mike Pollio 22 8 0
1981-82 Mike Pollio 27 5 0
1980-81 Mike Pollio 16 12 0
1979-80 Bob Jones 12 15 0
1978-79 Bob Jones 12 14 0
1977-78 Bob Jones 14 11 0
1976-77 Bob Jones 11 14 0 Does not incl 1 forfeit win
1975-76 Bob Jones 14 11 0
1974-75 Bob Jones 12 13 0
1973-74 Bob Jones 20 6 0
1972-73 Bob Jones 24 6 0 Division II Champions
1971-72 Bob Daniels 17 10 0
1970-71 Bob Daniels 22 8 0
1969-70 Bob Daniels 18 10 0
1968-69 Bob Daniels 25 5 0 Division II Champtions
1967-68 Bob Daniels 28 3 0 Division II Champions
1966-67 Guy R. Strong 25 4 0
1965-66 Guy R. Strong 24 6 0 Division II Champions
1964-65 Guy R. Strong 9 12 0 Does not inc win v. Ft. Knox
1963-64 Guy R. Strong 15 8 0
1962-63 T.L. Plain 9 11 0
1961-62 T.L. Plain 21 4 0
1960-61 T.L. Plain 15 8 0
1959-60 T.L. Plain 18 11 0
1958-59 Robert R. Wilson 14 11 0 Dropped Division I
1957-58 Robert R. Wilson 14 10 0
1956-57 Robert R. Wilson 16 12 0 Joined Division I
1955-56 Robert R. Wilson 18 4 0
1954-55 Robert R. Wilson 14 10 0
1953-54 Robert R. Wilson 17 10 0
1952-53 Robert R. Wilson 12 10 0
1951-52 Robert R. Wilson 16 7 0
1950-51 Robert R. Wilson 16 7 0
1949-50 Robert R. Wilson 13 10 0
1948-49 Robert R. Wilson 13 14 0
1947-48 Robert R. Wilson 13 12 0
1946-47 Robert R. Wilson 11 9 0
1945-46 Robert R. Wilson 8 10 0
1942-43 Robert R. Wilson 9 5 0
1941-42 Arthur Gullette 10 9 0
1940-41 George Ditto 9 7 0
1939-40 George Ditto 3 12 0
1938-39 George Ditto 3 11 0
1937-38 George Ditto 9 8 0
1936-37 George Ditto 8 7 0
1935-36 George Ditto 8 13 0
1934-35 George Ditto 9 8 0
1933-34 George Ditto 4 12 0
1932-33 George Ditto 8 9 0
1931-32 Walter "Rip" Van Winkle 6 11 0
1930-31 Walter "Rip" Van Winkle 12 7 0
1929-30 Walter "Rip" Van Winkle 17 9 0
1928-29 Walter "Rip" Van Winkle 14 7 0
1927-28 E.R. Miller 6 12 0
1926-27 C.A. Webb 9 6 0
1925-26 C.A. Webb 17 6 0
1924-25 C.A. Webb 13 5 0
1923-24 L.G. Mansfield 10 6 0
1922-23 Basil Hayden 8 1 0
1921-22 Jesse Sibley 5 4 0
1920-21 Jesse Sibley 7 7 0
1919-20 William E. Arnold 11 3 0
1918-19 Unknown 0 7 0
1917-18 Unknown 6 7 1
1916-17 John Cobb 5 1 0
1915-16 Unknown 0 6 0
1914-15 Unknown 2 1 0
1913-14 Unknown 0 6 0
1910-11 Unknown 4 1 0
1909-10 V.I. Moore 5 3 0
1908-09 V.I. Moore 2 1 0
1907-08 V.I. Moore 0 1 0

Notable players[]

Three Kentucky Wesleyan basketball players played in the American Basketball Association:[citation needed] George Tinsley, Sam Smith, and Dallas Thornton. One Kentucky Wesleyan basketball player has played in the National Basketball Association: Corey Crowder. Crowder played two seasons in the NBA for the Utah Jazz (1991–1992) and the San Antonio Spurs (1994–1995) and later played 14 seasons in Italy, Spain, France and Israel. He was a key member of the 1990 NCAA Division II National Championship team. Crowder was a three time All-American performer, newcomer of the year in the GLVC and two-time GLVC "Player of the Year" and the 1991 NABC "Player of The Year" in Division II, which helped get him elected to the Great Lakes Valley Conference Hall of Fame in 2002.

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