James Wearden completed his tenth season as the head women's basketball coach at Wesley College in 2016-17. The Wolverines ended their 2015-16 season 7-18, earning six of their seven wins aignst CAC conference competitors. Briana Johnson was selected to the All-CAC Second Team to earn her third consecutive All-Conference nod. The forward was a First Team selection in 2015 and a Second Team selection as well as Rookie of the Year in 2014. Johnson reached a special milestone in her career scoring her 1,000th career point, ranking her 9th amoung fellow Wolverines for a grand total of 1,141 career points.
Wearden and the Wolverines improved tremendously in the 2014-15 campaign, more than doubling their win total from the season before. The squad earned seven conference wins, their most since the 2010-11 season, and just missed the CAC Playoffs. Alexus Stroud and Brionna Johnson showed led the team in scoring with 16.8 points per game and 12.3 points per game, respectively.
After graduating arguably two of the best players in program-history, the Wolverines went through a rebuilding year in 2011-12. Jazmine Miller continued to climb the Wesley career charts and, along with backcourt mate Rachelle Allen, set the school single-season record for steals.
His 2010-11 team reached the Capital Athletic Conference Championship Game for the first time since joining the conference and was the first title game appearance for the Wolverines since 2005-06. Angie Owens was also named the CAC Co-Player of the Year. Owens and Cory Boyd were both named to the All-CAC First Team and then to the D3hoops.com All-Atlantic Team, marking the first time two Wesley players were selected in the same year. Wearden's 62 wins from 2007-08 to 2010-11 was the winningest four-year run in school history.
In 2009-10, Wearden guided Wesley to their second straight ECAC South Championship bid and 17-win season. Two players, Owens and Boyd, were named to the All-CAC team, while Owens earned her second consecutive spot on the D3hoops.com All-Region squad. The team finished third in the CAC regular season, its highest place since joining the conference.
Wearden's 2008-09 team was Division III's most prolific team from three-point range, hitting 8.8 threes per game. Junior guard Colleen Thomas finished fourth in the nation with 3.1 threes per game. She was just one of three Wolverines to finish in the top 10 nationally in a statistical category. Boyd ranked fourth in Division III in assists and Owens finished eighth in field goal percentage. It all resulted in Wesley winning five more games than the previous year for the second straight season, 17 victories and a trip to the ECAC South Championship Game.
After the season, Owens and Boyd were named to the All-CAC team and Owens was chosen to the D3hoops.com All-Region team. Wesley also won 10 games in the CAC, fourth in the conference behind three teams that advanced to the NCAAs.
During the 2008-09 season, the Wolverines turned in the three highest single game totals for made threes in CAC history. Three Wesley student-athletes set single season school records: Thomas hit 93 three pointers, Boyd dished out 207 assists and Owens grabbed 332 rebounds.
His 2007-08 team won five more games than the 2006-07 squad and finished 8-8 in the CAC, which sent a pair of teams to the NCAA tournament. His squad paced the conference with 6.81 made threes per game, while freshman Cory Boyd led the CAC in assists.
Prior to Wesley, Wearden posted a 216-94 (.697) record in nearly 13 seasons as a high school coach. He has led teams to seven Henlopen Conference divisional titles and three final four appearances. He was Henlopen Conference Coach of the Year in 1999 and was a coach of the Delaware senior girl’s basketball all-star game three times. During the last seven full seasons, Wearden has a remarkable 111-13 (.895) record in the Henlopen Conference.
Wearden holds bachelor of arts (1985) and master of science (1989) degrees, both from West Virginia University. In addition to coaching, Wearden taught in the Seaford system from 1991 until he accepted his current position at Wesley.
He is also a former teacher and coach at Colonel Richardson High School in Federalsburg, Maryland. Wearden has been International Girls Basketball Tournament Coach with People to People Sports Ambassadors since 1994. Wearden also serves as the Director of Recreation at Wesley College.
|2008-09||17-13||.567||10-6||.625||CAC Semifinals; ECAC South Finalist|
|2009-10||17-11||.607||10-6||.625||CAC Semifinals; ECAC South Qualifier|
|2010-11||16-13||.552||9-7||.563||CAC Runner Up; ECAC South Qualifier|
^Joined Capital Athletic Conference