Michael Llanas is in his 12th season as head coach of the Owens women’s basketball program.
Llanas, the program’s all-time wins leader, has amassed a career record of 265-89 (113-29 OCCAC) entering this season and has averaged just over 24 wins per year at Owens.
The team enters the 2015-16 season with a program record 44 game regular season home winning streak, which includes a 13-0 mark last year. Additionally, Llanas has guided the team to a program record 21 straight conference wins through the 2014-15 season.
In 2014-15, Llanas led Owens to its best season in program history. They finished 34-2 overall and 14-0 in OCCAC play, while capturing a college record 33 straight wins, the program's first undefeated conference season, its third straight OCCAC title, its second Region XII District I championship in three years and a third place finish at the NJCAA Division II National Tournament. The team's two losses was its lowest single season loss total in program history.
For his efforts, Llanas was named the OCCAC Coach of the Year and the Region XII District I Coach of the Year.
In 2013-14, Llanas led the Express to a 26-3 overall record, including a then program record tying 18 straight wins. Their three losses also tied the 1996-97 team for fewest losses in a single season until last year's team upended the mark. The program won its second straight OCCAC championship and its third in the past four years. The season came to an end in the district championship game, just one step away from a return trip to the NJCAA Division II National Tournament.
In 2012-13, Llanas and the Express broke through to the national tournament for the first time since 2003-04. They finished 28-8, won the OCCAC title and captured the Region XII District I tournament championship. After dropping their first game in OT at the NJCAA D-II National Tournament, the Express rattled off three straight wins to place seventh. It was the program’s highest finish in the current 16-team format until last year. Llanas was named Region XII District I Coach of the Year.
Over the past six seasons, Llanas has led the Express to a 167-30 record - winning at least 25 games each year. In 2011-12, the team finished 25-6 overall and Llanas was the OCCAC Coach of the Year. In 2010-11, the Express finished 27-5 overall, won the OCCAC title and had a program record 11-0 start to the season. In 2009-10, he led the team to a previous program record 18 consecutive wins and a 27-6 overall record.
From 2009-10 through early 2011-12, Llanas led the program to 28 straight regular season home wins, which is the second best of his tenure behind the current 44 game home win streak. Over the past six years, the Express are 73-5 at home including four undefeated home seasons.
Llanas, the seventh head coach in the program’s history, has had 38 student-athletes selected to the All-OCCAC team, including 15 First-Team selections and two OCCAC Player of the Year selections (Sierra Harley, 2014-15/Jasmine Blanton, 2010-11). Additionally, he has had 13 student-athletes selected to the All-Region XII team, including Sierra Harley and Ashley Tunstall in 2014-15, and five WBCA All-Americans.
Academically, Llanas has coached 22 Academic All-OCCAC selections and 10 NJCAA Academic All-Americans. He has also sent 27 players to four-year schools, including the most recent signee Ashley Tunstall (2013-15, Bowling Green State University).
Llanas, a Toledo resident, recently graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Multidisciplinary Studies from Siena Heights University. He also holds certifications as an On Scene Incident Commander from the University of Findlay and International Organization of Standardization Training from the Northeastern Pennsylvania Industrial Resource Center. Moreover, he currently holds the title of Safety Coordinator at IAC International.
Llanas and his wife, Kelly, have a daughter, Cora, and two sons, Andrew and Emilio.