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Kentucky coach passes John Wooden on championship list

Grayson, KY - Kentucky Christian University Women's Basketball Coach Ron Arnett has made history. The 61-year old Arnett won his 11th national championship with KCU this season, surpassing John Wooden as the all-time leader in national championships by any college basketball coach at any level. Wooden won 10 national titles in 29 years of coaching, including 7 in a row at UCLA from 1967-1973.

Arnett has led the Lady Knights to national championships in 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, and 2009. The Lady Knights have also been the national runner-up four times under Arnett's direction. He is 484-133 (78%) in his 18 seasons as head coach.

The Lady Knights won this year's national title on their home floor, knocking off #2 seed Southwestern Christian University (Bethany, OK) 70-62 in the national title game. "Coach Arnett has had an incredible run", commented KCU Athletic Director Rick Cooper. "His commitment to excellence, however, is not just evident by his 11 national championships or his 6 "National Coach Of The Year" awards. Like Coach Wooden, Coach Arnett has always demanded excellence in the classroom, and he has always placed a high premium on the character of his girls. He is worthy of recognition for his work both on and off the court."

The Lady Knights compete in the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) Division II. In his career, Arnett is an astounding 330-10 (97%) against NCCAA II opponents.


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