Jim Wiedie will be beginning his sixth season as the Oilers head women’s basketball coach during the 2018-19 campaign. During his tenure as the head coach, Wiedie has accumulated an overall record of 77-61 (.557).
The Oilers had one of their most successful seasons in school history in 2017-18, finished with a record of 22-8, achieving a national ranking (No. 25), and earning a berth in the NCAA DII Tournament for just the third time in school history. It was the 12th 20-win season in school history and just the third since the school became an NCAA Division II member. The Oilers led the G-MAC with a scoring margin of 11.9 points, ranked second in the G-MAC and eighth in the country with a field-goal percentage of 46.9%, and ranked second in the G-MAC and sixth in the country with a three-point percentage of 37.9%. Findlay earned a win over no. 22 Cedarville and nearly took down no. 3 Drury in the NCAA Tournament, falling 76-72.
Wiedie went 13-15 in 2016-17 after going 15-13 the year before in 2015-16. He also led the Oilers to a 15-11 mark during the 2014-15 campaign and was 12-14 during the 2013-14 season, his first with the program.
He was named the new head women’s basketball coach before the season began on Oct. 4, 2013, taking over the program after Kate Cummings resigned.
Wiedie began his career at Findlay as the associate head coach from 2011-13. While an assistant, Wiedie was instrumental in leading the Oilers to their finest season in school history at the NCAA Division II level during the 2012-13 campaign when they ended the year ranked 20th in the nation with a 24-6 record. They went 19-3 in the GLIAC and reached the finals of the GLIAC Tournament for the first time in school history. The Oilers also qualified for the NCAA Division II National Tournament for only the second time school history, but were upended in the first round by Wayne State University.
The 2012-13 women’s basketball team also knocked off top-ranked Ashland University during the regular season by a score of 66-51 in Croy Gymnasium, the only loss the Eagles suffered all season long en route to a national championship.
With Wiedie on the sidelines the Oilers also posted a 15-12 record during the 2011-12 campaign, his first year as an assistant with the team.
Prior to coming to Findlay, Wiedie was the head coach at Indiana State University from 2000-2010, exiting as the program’s all-time leader in wins with 166. Holding an overall record of 166-118 at Indiana State, Wiedie guided the Sycamores to Missouri Valley Conference regular season championships in 2003 and 2006, and was named the MVC Coach of the Year in both seasons. He also earned the WBCA Region VI Coach of the Year award in 2006.
Wiedie was able to establish a tradition of academic excellence while at Indiana State, as his teams finished in the top-15 nationally in team grade-point average during nine of his ten seasons. He also coached five-straight Academic All-Americans.
In addition, Indiana State ranked among the top-40 nationally in attendance in all six seasons from 2004-2010.
Wiedie worked as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Walsh University from 1991-1992 and held the same position at Northern Kentucky University from 1992-1997. He then took on an assistant coach role at Indiana State before moving into the head position.
A native of Akron, Ohio, Wiedie graduated from Kent State University in 1988 with a degree in broadcasting communications. He also received a master’s degree in sports administration from Kent State in 1991.