KEENE, N.H.--Throughout the summer months, the Keene State College Department of Athletics and Recreation will be looking back at some of the top moments and milestones of the 2016-17 academic year.
No. 5 sees us recall when three Keene State coaches picked up milestone victories during the year. Head volleyball coach Bob Weiner earned career win No. 500, while head baseball coach Ken Howe picked up his 550th career victory, and head women's lacrosse coach Katie Arsenault won her 100th career game.
Weiner's team waited until the last game of the season to reach the milestone mark, but the Owls came through in a five set thriller over Maine Maritime Academy 3-2 (17-25, 25-14, 25-14, 25-27, 15-8). Weiner, who has 259 of his 500 career wins at Keene State, is the programs' all-time leader in wins by a wide margin - the next highest total is 85, belonging to Trilby Whitcomb, who coached at KSC from 1988-97. With the win, Weiner became the 26th coach in Divsion III to reach the 500 win plateau.
Howe earned win No. 550 in the opening game of a doubleheader with Western Connecticut State on April 15. The only coach the Owls have known since the re-start of the program in 1987, Howe's 556 career wins are easily the leading total in school history. He became the 38th coach in Division III to reach 550 wins.
10 days earlier, Arsenault had also grabbed a milestone victory, with her 100th career win in a 16-13 triumph over Castleton University on April 5. Arsenault, who became KSC's career wins leader in 2012, boasts a winning percentage of .612 (104-66), among the nation's all-time best.