Kenyon Coach Jim Steen Tops John Wooden, Says Alum

Former UCLA head men’s basketball coach John Wooden was unquestionably one of the most revered coaches in college sports. But recently, after The Wall Street Journal published two book reviews about Wooden, Richard Arkless ’58 pointed out that while Wooden was great, he was not the most successful college sports coach of all time. That honor belongs to former Lords and Ladies swimming and diving head coach Jim Steen, said Arkless in this letter to the editor: check it out after the jump! Continue reading

Breaking: Jessen Book ’01 Will Coach Lords as Steen Steps Down

Steen observes at the 2012 NCAC championship swim meet held in Canton, Ohio in February. (David Hoyt for The Kenyon Collegian)

Update: Read the official Office of Public Affairs press release here.

Jim Steen, who has helped Kenyon’s men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams win a combined 50 national championships since he came to Gambier in 1975, stepped down yesterday as the head coach of the men’s swimming and diving team. Steen has been replaced at the helm of the Lords by Jessen Book ’01, who took over coaching the Ladies two seasons ago.

Steen said in an interview yesterday that by stepping down now, he allows Book to begin making strategic decisions about the direction the team will take in the future. Additionally, it allows Steen to work on other projects for the College.

More details to come in tomorrow’s Collegian.