Feb 13 2009
After posting a 418-61 record in 14 years at the helm of the Lady Saints, former Seward County Community College Womenís Basketball Head Coach Jim Littell will be inducted into the NJCAA Hall of Fame this Spring. The Burden, Kansas native coached the Lady Saints to national prominence in more than a decade at Seward. He was named Jayhawk West Coach of the Year nine times, NJCAA Region VI Coach of the Year four times, WBCA National Coach of the Year once, and NJCAA National Coach of the Year once. Littell averaged more wins per season (29.85) than any other active or inactive head coach who coached 10 or more seasons in NJCAA history. Littell is 11th all-time in NJCAA history among inactive coaches for all-time wins and ranks in the top 25 all-time among all coaches in career wins. Twice Littellís teams finished the season ranked 1st in the NJCAA poll after going 33-1 each season. Littell led the Lady Saints to a 93-3 record in Jayhawk West Conference play from 1997-2002. In 2002, Littell led Seward County through a perfect 38-0 season, winning the schoolís first National Championship in any sport. Littell coached 11 All-Americans, five Region VI MVPís, nine Jayhawk West Conference MVPís, and four Jayhawk West Freshman of the Years. Littellís most mindboggling accomplishment came from 1995-2004 where he coached his Lady Saints to a perfect 135-0 record on their home court. During his final 10 seasons with Seward County, Littellís teams were ranked in the NJCAA Top 20 poll every single week of the regular season. Littell also produced successful student-athletes, as his players earned the NJCAA Academic Team Championship from 1999-2002 and earned the coveted WBCA Academic Championship by having the highest grade point average in the nation at any level (NCAA, NAIA, and NJCAA) in 2001-02. In 2005 Littell was named the Associate Head Coach of the Oklahoma State University Womenís Basketball team. In 2006-07 Littell helped OSU to the biggest turn-around in the NCAA Division 1 ranked with a 20-11 record after a 6-22 season the year before. Oklahoma Stateís NCAA Tournament appearance in 2007-08 marked the first appearance in 12 years. Coach Littell is currently in his fourth season with the Cowgirls.