Two Coaches Win Lifetime Wesley Society Awards

Apr 27th, 2012 | By | Category: Advancement

By Cathy Anderson

During the Junior College Athletic Alumni Brunch at Homecoming Reunion Weekend this year on Oct. 8, former coaches Bob Andrus and Jim Wentworth were both presented with Lifetime Wesley Society Awards which recognizes individuals and organizations who believe in the mission of Wesley College.

Robert “Bob” Andrus coached football at Wesley from 1967 to 1987 and continues to attend as many football games as he can, sitting in the “Bob Andrus section.”

Andrus led the Wolverines to the Tri-State Conference championship his first two seasons. In 1970 the team won their first Coastal Conference championship. They won again in 1976 and appeared in the Sterling Silver Bowl in Hutchison, Kansas, where the Wolverines ended the season as the second-ranked junior college football team in the nation.

Back row left to right: Vice President for Institutional Advancement Chris Wood, Debbie Wentworth, and Director of Development Cathy Anderson. Front row: Jim Wentworth and Bob Andrus

Andrus was named Coastal Conference “Coach of the Year” in 1970 and 1976, in addition to being three-time head coach of the
Coastal Conference All-Star game. Andrus coached until 1987 and ended with an overall record of 97-98-3.

Jim Wentworth retired in 2000-2001 after 40 years with Wesley College’s athletic department. He served as head coach of
Wesley’s men’s basketball team from 1960 to 2000, winning 502 basketball games. He also served as Wesley’s athletic director for 11 years, as well as coaching baseball two years, track two years and football as an assistant for five years.

Wentworth’s coaching legacy includes mentoring and molding young men. Ten of his players went on to coach at the college level and nine coach at high schools.

In 1992, Coach Wentworth and his late wife Shirley were honored when the Wesley College gymnasium was renamed the Jim and Shirley Wentworth Gymnasium.

Both Coach Andrus and Coach Wentworth were inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame in 2006, in honor of their extraordinary commitment to furthering the mission of Wesley College.

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