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Occidental College Men's Basketball
Occidental College Men's Basketball

         Coaching Staff

Michael Wells
Associate Head Coach

Michael Wells enters his sixth year at Occidental College now serving as the Associate Athletic Director, Sports Information Director and Associate Head Men's Basketball Coach.

His responsibilities include overseeing Sports Information, Games Management, Football, Women's Volleyball, the annual Roy Dennis Oxy's Awards Banquet, the Occidental College Athletics Hall of Fame and External Relations.

Wells, took over in 2011 as the person charged with covering, writing and disseminating news and statistics for the liberal arts institution's 21 intercollegiate athletic teams, participating in the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. He was quickly promoted to Assistant Athletic Director in 2012 and to Associate Athletic Director in 2015.

Wells, whose mother Jodie Burton and father David Wells were longtime basketball coaches for Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, graduated from Dominican University of California with a bachelor of arts in communications in May 2011 and had been working as a sports reporter for the Marin Independent Journal in Northern California, where he covered college, prep and youth sports and designed pages, before arriving on campus in Eagle Rock.

He received his Masters in Organizational Leadership from Woodbury University in 2014.

During his time at Oxy, Wells has incorporated multimedia and social media into Oxy's athletic coverage, including highlight packages of sporting events and one-on-one interviews with athletes and coaches. He is a regular contributor to the Occidental College Alumni Magazine, writing feature stories on current and former Oxy athletes and coaches.

Wells hosts Oxy's annual Roy Dennis Oxy's Awards Banquet and can frequently be found on the microphone doing public address announcing at various Oxy sporting events.

His favorite part of the job though is mentoring students who are interested in all types of sports media.

"The unique thing about working at a school like Oxy is the students are smarter and better at what you do than you are," Wells said. "We work hard to recruit students on campus who have a passion for sports journalism and then we let them jump right into the fire by covering sporting events, writing game recaps and broadcasting sporting events."

Within the SCIAC, he has played a leadership role, serving as the Chair of the SCIAC Sports Information Directors Committee and as a member of the SCIAC Awards Committee.

In 2012, he served as an outside contractor for multimedia at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field National Championships.

His college experience at Dominican was a well-rounded one. As a four-year letter winner on the men's basketball team, Wells was named the Cal Pac Conference Freshman of the Year Award in 2007-08 and the Penguins' captain during his senior season in 2010-11.

Wells is an active member of College Sports Information Directors of America and the Society of Professional Journalists. He lives in Burbank with his older brother John.

 

Jim Hennacy
Assistant Coach

Bio Coming Soon!

 

Mike Anderson
Assistant Coach

Coach Anderson enters his first season with the Men’s Occidental Basketball program and is bringing with him 20+ years of coaching experience.

Anderson completed his coaching practicum at Washington State University (2005-2006) where he worked with two-time National Coach of the Year Tony Bennett (now Head Coach at the University of Virginia) and his father Dick Bennett.

Anderson coached 13 years with the Boys’ Basketball program at Wayzata High School in Plymouth, MN. During his time, Anderson was Associate Head Coach as well as Head Coach during the 2008-2009 season where he earned Co-Section Coach of the Year honors after leading the Trojans to the Section Finals.  Anderson’s most recent head coaching experience was at Breck High School in Minneapolis, MN.

In addition to coaching, Anderson has spent most of his career teaching high school social studies. Upon moving to California with his wife and two daughters, he has begun to pursue his elementary teaching credential while also finalizing his California single subject clear credential in social studies.

Anderson earned his Bachelor of Arts in Education - Social Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and has two Master’s degrees:  Master of Education - Higher Ed Leadership & Sport Management from Washington State University and Master of Arts in Education from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota.

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