Michele Durand enters her 17th season as the head coach of the Ohio Northern women’s basketball program. She is currently in her second year as the Senior Woman Administrator at Ohio Northern. She also serves as an assistant professor in the ONU Department of Human Performance and Sport Sciences.
In 2016-17, Durand guided the Polar Bears to their first ever undefeated regular season and a 30-1 record, with an 18-0 mark in OAC play. The Polar Bears won the OAC Regular Season title and claimed the OAC Tournament title.
Durand has been named the Ohio Athletic Conference Coach of the Year four times during her tenure at ONU, most recently during the 2016-17 season.
During the 2016-17 season Durand guided the Polar Bear program to its ninth NCAA III Tournament appearance and fourth appearance in five years.
Durand led the Polar Bears to a perfect regular season and guided Northern as it hosted the first four rounds of the NCAA III Tournament.
In the 2012-13 season, Durand led the Polar Bears to 27-2 record and a OAC regular season and tournament championship. The team ascended as high as No. 3 in the rankings and appeared in the NCAA III Tournament for the first time since the 1988-89 season.
For her efforts, Durand was named Russell Athletic/Women's Basketball Coaches Association Division III Region Six Coach of the Year and OAC Coach of the Year for the second time.
On Mar. 2 2013, against Hanover (Ind.) in the NCAA III Tournament First Round, she won her 300th career game.
In a 75-73 overtime win at Capital on Feb. 22, 2014, Durand recorded her 200th career victory at Ohio Northern.
Durand is currently tied with former coach Gayle Lauth for most wins in school history (275).
The Toledo native came to Ohio Northern after 11 seasons as head coach at Bluffton College, where she was the school’s all-time winningest coach.
She was named Coach of the Year in the Western Buckeye Collegiate Conference in 1990-91 and in the Association of Mideast Colleges in 1995-96 while at Bluffton.
Durand served in other capacities during her time at Bluffton, as she also coached the women’s tennis and cross country teams, and served as the associate director of athletics and an assistant professor of HPER during her tenure at Bluffton.
She earned a bachelor’s degree in health, physical education and recreation from Bluffton in 1988 and received a master’s degree from Bowling Green State in physical education in 1990.
As a student-athlete for the Beavers, Durand was a two-time All-Western Buckeye Collegiate Conference selection. Durand is 16th all-time in career assists and is 32nd on the school’s scoring list with 609 points.
Durand led her 1995-96 Bluffton squad to a 16-9 record, the best win total by any BC women’s basketball team in 42 years of play. Her team also won the Association of Midwest Colleges regular season and tournament championships.
She has also been inducted into the Toledo Whitmer High School Athletic Hall of Fame for her accomplishments in basketball, cross country and track during her prep days.
Women's Basketball under Durand
|2016-17||30-1||.970||18-0 / 1st||1.000||Champions|
|2015-16||23-5||.821||17-1 / 1st||.944||Semifinalist|
|2014-15||20-6||.769||16-2 / 1st||.889||Semifinalist|
|2013-14||23-6||.793||14-4 / 3rd||.778||Runner Up|
|2012-13||27-2||.931||18-0 / 1st||1.000||Champions|
|2011-12||21-6||.778||14-4 / 2nd||.778||Runner Up|
|2010-11||17-10||.629||11-7 / 3rd||.611||Semifinalist|
|2009-10||16-11||.592||10-8 / 5th||.556||Semifinalist|
|2008-09||9-17||.346||7-11 / 8th||.389||Quarterfinalist|
|2007-08||19-7||.731||14-4 / 2nd||.778||Quarterfinalist|
|2006-07||17-10||.630||11-7 / 4th||.611||Semifinalist|
|2005-06||12-14||.462||7-11 / 7th||.389||Quarterfinalist|
|2004-05||11-15||.333||6-12 / t7th||.333||Quarterfinalist|
|2003-04||14-13||.519||8-10 / t5th||.444||Quarterfinalist|
|2002-03||7-19||.269||3-15 / t9th||.167||Quarterfinalist|
|2001-02||9-16||.360||8-10 / t5th||.444||Quarterfinalist|
Mark Huelsman is in his fifth season as an assistant women's basketball coach at Ohio Northern.
He is responsible for coaching the post players for the Polar Bears. In addition, he also serves as the head coach of the JV team.
Huelsman has also worked as an assistant coach at fellow OAC school Wilmington.
He graduated from Wittenberg in 2007 where he was a 3-year letter winner for the men's basketball team as well as a member of the 2006 NCAA III Tournament runner-up team.
"I am excited to have Mark as a part of our staff," ONU head coach Michele Durand said. "I know he will help us continue our recent success and help us build for an exciting future."