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Lindsey Wilson’s Wethington picks up 500th career basketball win — all as a Blue Raider


Lindsey Wilson women’s basketball head coach John B. Wethington collected his 500th career win on Saturday when the Blue Raiders defeated NCAA Division II member Lane (Tenn.) at Biggers Sports Center.

The 84-63 victory over the Dragons puts Wethington’s record at 500-318 for his career, with every single game coming as the head coach at Lindsey Wilson. He is the fifth winningest coach in NAIA Division I women’s basketball among active coaches, and holds a career-winning percentage of .611 over his 27 seasons.

Wethington took over as head coach of the women’s basketball program at the beginning of the 1989-90 season, after he was an assistant coach for Dean Adams over the 1987-88 and 1988-89 seasons.

Over John B. Wethington’s 27 seasons as head coach at Lindsey Wilson, he has guided the Blue Raiders to a pair of Mid-South Conference regular-season championships in 2006-07 and 2007-08 (LWC Athletics Photo)

Over John B. Wethington’s 27 seasons as head coach at Lindsey Wilson, he has guided the Blue Raiders to a pair of Mid-South Conference regular-season championships in 2006-07 and 2007-08 (LWC Athletics Photo)

Over Wethington’s 27 seasons as head coach at Lindsey Wilson, he has guided the Blue Raiders to a pair of Mid-South Conference regular-season championships in 2006-07 and 2007-08. When Lindsey Wilson was part of the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, he coached the Blue Raiders to five regular-season conference titles (1990-91, 1996-97, 1997-98, 1998-99 and 1999-2000) and three KIAC tournament titles (1996-97, 1998-99 and 1999-2000).

He has guided the Blue Raiders to 10 all-time appearances in the national tournament, with the most-recent one coming last season. In his 27 seasons, Wethington has led the Blue Raiders to a winning season 21 times.

During his tenure at Lindsey Wilson, he has compiled 14 career 20-win seasons to go along with two 25-win seasons. His first 25-win season came in 1992-93 after the team went 25-9 and 4-5 in the KIAC.

His second 25-win season came in 2008-09, where the Blue Raiders finished 25-9 overall and had an MSC record of 9-3. Lindsey Wilson made an appearance in the second round of the NAIA DI Women’s Basketball National Tournament that year.

Wethington has been named the Mid-South Conference Coach of the Year twice (2006-07 and 2007-08), while being named the KIAC Coach of the Year in 1990-91, 1996-97, 1998-99.

On Jan. 21, 1995, Wethington grabbed his 100th career win against Brescia (Ky.), and he grabbed his 200th win against Lipscomb (Tenn.) on Nov. 30, 1999. Wethington’s 300th career win came in a 59-44 win over Grace (Ind.) on Nov. 12, 2005.

He earned career victory 400 over Morris (S.C.) on Nov. 5, 2010 in a 99-67 win, and the Western Kentucky alum grabbed his 450th career win on Dec. 15, 2012 against Wilberforce (Ohio), 82-66.

From LWC Athletics


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