James Wentworth

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James ‘Jim’ Wentworth served as head basketball coach at Wesley College for 40 years winning 502 games. During this period he also coached baseball two years, track
two years and football as assistant five years. He was Wesley’s Athletic Director 11 years. Ninety per cent of his athletes were awarded degrees from the college. Jim played a key role in Wesley’s
athletic growth process, establishing Wesley as a Junior College basketball powerhouse, (five-year record 114-27), then establishing the school’s solid Division III program. : Jim’s 1965-66 squad was
the most successful in Wesley men’s basketball history. That team finished 24-3 and was ranked 10th among the nation’s junior colleges. In Division III, his team won the Wild Goose Classic Tournament
1986-87 at Washington College and the Eastern States Athletic Conference Tournament 1986-87 and 1987-88. Jim’s coaching legacy includes mentoring and molding young men. Ten of his players went on to
coach college level and nine went on to coach at high schools. Jim received an honorary doctorate from Wesley in 1999, one of only 23 persons so honored at Wesley. Other honors he received were:
Wesley Professor Emeritus; the Athletic Hall of Fame at Wesley College and Pfeiffer University, his alma mater; and the Wesley College gymnasium is named “Jim and Shirley Wentworth Gymnasium”. Jim
received the Lower Delaware Gridiron Club President’s Award of Excellence in 2002. He received the National Association of Basketball Coaches Outstanding Service Award for Division III. He received
Wesley College President’s Award for Excellence and Performance and a Doctorate of Public Service in 1999.



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