DOVER, Del. - On Wednesday afternoon the Wesley College Athletics Department and the Wesley College Men's Basketball program lost a legend as former Head Coach and Wesley College Athletics Hall of Famer Jim Wentworth passed away.
Jim Wentworth was the Wolverines' head men's basketball coach for 41 years. The 1959 graduate of Pfieffer College (N.C.) compiled 502 wins and 465 losses after taking over in 1961. In 1997-98, he guided the Wolverines to a record of 16-8, earning their first regional ranking since joining NCAA Division III in 1986. Wesley captured the ESAC title in 1987 and the ESAC Southern Division crown in 1988 under Wentworth's guidance. He also coached the Wolverines to a 394-225 mark during the school's junior college era.
Coach Wentworth also served as Wesley's Director of Athletics and he was a tenured professor in the college's Physical Education Department. Due to their significant contributions to Wesley College, the school's gymnasium bears the name of he and his wife Shirley.
"We are saddened to hear of the passing of Coach Wentworth," said Wesley College Athletic Director Mike Drass. "He meant so much to so many students, staff, and faculty at Wesley. His legacy lives on through the lives that he touched."
"Today our Wesley College family lost an icon and legend with the passing of Coach Jim Wentworth," said President Robert E. Clark II of Wentworth's passing. "Coach will be deeply missed, but his legacy of excellence will live on in each and every one of us. He is amongst the angels and I am confident that Heaven is draped in Wesley Blue & White."
Public visitation for Coach Wentworth will be held at Parrott & Ramsey Funeral Home in Campbellsville, Kentucky rom 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Friday, December 16. Coach Wentworth's funeral service will be held at 11:00 A.M., Saturday, December 17, 2016 at Parrott & Ramsey Funeral Home by Minister Derek W. Hunter and Rev. Robert Morris. Expressions of sympathy may be made to Wesley College Scholarship Fund or Hosparus of Green River and may be made at Parrott & Ramsey Funeral Home.
Funeral Home Address
Parrott & Ramsey Funeral Home
418 Lebanon Avenue
Campbellsville, Ky. 42718