John Hemenway will begin his eighth season as head basketball coach at Berea College in 2017-18. In his seven seasons at the helm of the Mountaineer basketball program, Berea has posted an overall record of 113-90 including three consecutive USCAA Division 1 National Tournament appearances and a 51-22 regular season record over the last three years. Last season, the Mountaineers finished 17-10 and participated in the 2017 USCAA Division I National Tournament posting their fourth consecutive winning season. Richard Parker was named USCAA 1st Team All-American for the third time while Anthony Myrks-Brewer was named USCAA Honorable Mention All-American. After twelve seasons as a collegiate head coach, Hemenway now owns a career record of 228-139(.621 winning percentage), has had seven players named 1st Team All-American, advanced to seven national tournaments, and has been named “Coach of the Year” four different times. His teams have averaged 19.0 wins per season and own a 133-49 record at home.
Hemenway came to Berea College from Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell, SD where he was the head basketball coach from 2005-2010. His Tiger teams posted an impressive overall record of 115-49 (.701 winning percentage), made four consecutive NAIA II National Tournament appearances and won the Great Plains Athletic Conference regular season and tournament championships in 2010. Under Hemenway’s leadership, DWU won the most games in school history over a five-year period (115) and was one of seven schools in NAIA II basketball to win at least 100 games in four seasons from 2007 to 2010. Remarkably, Hemenway recruited and coached four different players that were named NAIA Division II 1st Team All-Americans in a five-year span. Hemenway’s teams twice upset the NAIA’s top-ranked team by defeating #1 Sioux Falls in 2007 and #1 Morningside in 2008. For his efforts, he was named 2007 GPAC “Coach of the Year” and South Dakota Basketball Coaches Association “Coach of the Year” in 2007 and 2010.
Before becoming a head coach, Hemenway served as an assistant coach at the University of South Dakota (2002-05), Chaminade University (2000-02) and Morningside College (1997-00). He played his collegiate basketball at the University of South Dakota for Dave Boots, where he was named to the All-North Central Conference 1st Team in 1995 and 1996. He helped the Coyotes win two North Central Conference championships, two North Central Region championships and following his senior season in 1996, he was the recipient of the John Van Why award (Most Outstanding Male Athlete). Hemenway was inducted into the South Dakota Coyote Hall of Fame on September 20th, 2008.
Hemenway graduated from the University of South Dakota in 1996 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Education and received his Master of Arts degree in Health, Physical Education and Recreation in 1998. He resides in Berea with his wife, Jessica and their three children, Jack (10), Katherine (8) and Owen (5).