April 9, 2014

Penn men’s basketball team eclipses 1,000 victories


Lost in the hoopla of another deep postseason run was the fact that a major milestone was reached this winter.
A program restored to its former glory, William Penn collected its 1,000th men’s basketball win in a 94-75 defeat of Grand View in the Midwest Collegiate Conference Tournament finals. The Statesmen, who began their basketball program in 1904-05, are 1,002-1,248-1 all-time (.445 winning percentage).
William Penn has recorded eight conference titles with two in the 1970s, two more in the 1980s, and four since 2005-06. A school-record 34 wins were posted in 2012-13, while 11 other squads won at least 20 games as well. Ten teams have qualified for national tournament play with the 2012-13 group getting all the way to the NAIA Division II title game.
Numerous individuals have also found success in the program with 14 players garnering All-America laurels, highlighted by first-teamers Brandon Beasley and Keith Steffeck two years ago and third-team pick Blake Walker this season. Over 80 student-athletes have been named to all-conference squads as well with five receiving league Player of the Year accolades.
A total of 27 men have guided Statesmen teams, but the past two coaches have unquestionably had the biggest impacts. Leon Richardson owned a career mark of 319-377 with three league crowns from 1974-2002, while current coach John Henry is 259-156 with four conference crowns since 2002.

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