By Joanne Green, Huntington (Ind.) Sports Information Director
HUNTINGTON, Ind. – Huntington University (Ind.) head coach Lori Culler picked up her 500th career win against Indiana Wesleyan University on Wednesday. The win, a 51-49 decision over the No. 7 Wildcats, not only broke a ten-game win streak IWU had over HU but more importantly catapulted Huntington into sole possession of second place in the Crossroads League standings.
Coach Culler is currently No. 3 on the career win list among active women’s basketball coaches in NAIA Division II. Over the course of her 28 years at Huntington, she has accumulated 500 wins against 320 losses for a winning percentage of 61.0 percent.
During Culler’s tenure, her teams have won an average of 18 games per year. She has guided the Foresters to seven regular season conference titles, including five teams that went undefeated through conference play, and two conference tournament titles.
Under her leadership, the Foresters have twice been crowned NCCAA National Champions and four different squads have made four trips to the NAIA National Tournament.
Culler’s success is well documented and as a result, she has received numerous coaching accolades. She has been acknowledged as Coach of the Year at the NCCAA and NAIA District level. She has also been named the Conference Coach of the Year eight times and NCCAA National Coach of the Year twice.
The Huntington University Foresters compete in 16 intercollegiate sports for men and women. In the past decade, Huntington has produced 39 NAIA All-America honors and 213 All-America Scholar Athlete honors. Huntington University is a comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 70 academic concentrations. U.S.News & World Report ranks Huntington among the best colleges in the Midwest.