James Wearden
James Wearden
Title: Head Coach
Phone: 302-736-2314
Email: James.Wearden@wesley.edu
Year: 15th
Previous College: West Virginia '85, M' 89

James Wearden is entering his 15th season as the head women’s basketball coach at Wesley College in 2020-21.

Honors / Accomplishments as Wesley head coach

  • Four CAC Tournament appearances
    • 2011 CAC runner-up
  • Three ECAC Tournament appearances
    • 2009 ECAC runner-up
  • Four All-Region awards
    • Angie Owens, 2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11
    • Cory Boyd, 2010-11
  • One CAC Player of the Year
    • Angie Owens. 2010-11
  • One CAC Rookie of the Year
    • Brionna Johnson, 2013-14
  • 26 Academic All-CAC honorees

Notable Games as head coach

  • Nov. 29, 2006: First win as head coach with 76-74 victory over Trinity (D.C.)
  • Feb. 16, 2011: A 64-60 win over York (Pa.) on Senior Night to pick up their eighth consecutive win en route to a CAC Championship appearance later in the year
  • Feb. 13, 2016: Collected 100th win with a 76-72 overtime victory at Frostburg St.

Prior to Wesley

Prior to Wesley, Wearden posted a 216-94 (.697) record in nearly 13 seasons as the head coach at Seaford High School. He has led teams to seven Henlopen Conference divisional titles and three Final Four appearances. He was the 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 had a remarkable 111-13 (.895) record in the Henlopen Conference.


Wearden earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1985 and a Master of Science degree in 1989 from West Virginia University. Wearden taught in the Seaford school 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.