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Ken DeWeese
Head Coach

Ken DeWeese just completed his 20th season as the Men's Basketball coach at the University of Mary Hardin Baylor. UMHB has advanced to the NCAA Division III National Championships six times in the last 12 seasons and became the first American Southwest Conference program to advance to the NCAA Division III National Championship Game in 2013 under DeWeese's direction. The Cru set a new school single season record for victories and the team's final ranking of #2 in the country also represented a new high-water mark for the program that year. DeWeese was named National Coach of the Year by, DIII News and CaptainU.

DeWeese has guided the UMHB men to a pair of ASC Championships (2008, 2010) and six NCAA Division III National Championship appearances. The Cru also advanced to the NCAA Division III "Sweet 16" for the first time in program history during the 2010-11 season. DeWeese is 364-178 overall at UMHB and he has guided the Cru to postseason berths in 19 of his 20 years in Belton. Coach DeWeese reached a pair of coaching milestones in 2006-07 as he won his 100th game at UMHB and also topped 500 career head coaching wins as a collegiate head coach. He passed Richard Herbst to become UMHB's all-time leader on the career coaching victories list that season and is now the only head coach in the history of UMHB men's basketball to top 300 career wins at the school. He also went over 700 combined collegiate head coaching victories during the 2013-14 campaign. DeWeese was voted ASC West Division Coach of the Year in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012 and 2013.

DeWeese, who left MCC to become an assistant at Georgia State University in 1996, is only the third men's basketball coach in UMHB's history. Before leaving for Georgia State, he compiled an impressive 404-105 record in 16 years as MCC's head basketball coach from 1980-1996. During this time his team won 11 conference championships and he was named North Texas Junior College Conference Coach of the Year 11 times. In the 16 years that DeWeese was at MCC, they qualified for the playoffs 15 times. In 1992 and 1994, DeWeese was named the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches Junior College Coach of the Year.

Coach DeWeese began his coaching career at Smiley High School in 1969. From there he coached at Aransas Pass High, Sinton High, and Thomas Jefferson High in Port Arthur before breaking into the collegiate ranks at The University of Texas at El Paso. DeWeese served as an assistant at UTEP from ‘75-'80 before taking the head job at MCC.

Ken and his wife Ann have a son, Kenny, and a daughter, Kelsey, and three grandchildren. Kenny and Kelsey are both graduates of UMHB. Coach DeWeese is also a contributor to and the Basketball Coaches Journal. He is also a Review Board Member for the Applied Research in Coaching and Athletics Annual (ARCAA).

Zane Johnston
Assistant Coach

Zane Johnston was named assistant coach for the UMHB men's basketball program in May of 2012. Johnston becomes just the fourth full-time assistant coach in the history of the program and replaces Jimmy Smith, who left to become the head coach at Schreiner University.

Johnston spent the 2011-12 season as a graduate assistant coach for the UMHB men and helped guide the Cru to a school-best 24-1 regular season record. The Cru was ranked as high as #5 in the country during the season. Johnston is a 2010 graduate of UMHB with a degree in exercise and sport science. He was a four-year letterman for the Cru and still holds the American Southwest Conference record for career games played with 114. Johnston was a three-time ASC All-West Division selection and also earned ASC Academic All-Conference honors three times during his career. He played for two ASC Championship teams and three NCAA National Championship qualifiers with the Cru. Johnston has been involved with four UMHB’s five NCAA Tournament appearances as either a player or coach. He is currently working on his Master’s Degree in exercise and sport science at UMHB. Johnston also spent one year coaching in the Wylie Independent School District before returning to his alma mater as a graduate assistant. Johnston and his wife, Emmy, have two children, twins Max and Sloan.