Men's Basketball Named Top JUCO Program of the 2000s
The honors of the Chipola Men’s Basketball program continue to pour in from across the country. After a storied season, in which the Indians finished 35-2 overall and advanced to the NJCAA Final Four, a recent national publication has bestowed one of the greatest honors to the program.
In the August 2009 edition of the Basketball Times, Chipola was selected as the top junior college program of the 2000s.Tony Jimenez, long considered one of the leading experts in junior college basketball, compiled a list of the top 50 NJCAA Division I and California schools from the 2000-01 through the 2008-09 season. Jimenez used a variety of criteria, including overall team records, championships, tradition, and informal survey of two and four-year coaches to formulate his overall rankings.
“It is a great accomplishment for our program to be selected as the premier program of the 2000s.There are countless individuals, coaches, administrators, faculty, and boosters that have helped our college achieve this honor,” commented Chipola head coach Jake Headrick.
With five appearances in the national tournament, the Indians have placed second, third, fourth, sixth, and seventh place while amassing an overall record of 276-63; a winning percentage of 81.4%.However, the past five years has provided the most growth for the men’s team. During this period, Chipola was 164-15 with 40 D-I players (two NJCAA Player of the Year winners) and a top-10 ranking in the NJCAA poll for 76 consecutive weeks. Furthermore, in the previous five years, 40 of the 42 sophomores graduated.