Coach Roland Wierwille’s 30-year career as basketball coach for the Berea College Mountaineers, as well as his exemplary life, were honored at Homecoming as the College named the Seabury Center Arena basketball court in his honor.
Coach Wierwille, Hon. ’98, had many significant accomplishments during his career at Berea College, which spanned from 1972 to 2002. He was inducted into the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame in 1999, and the Hall of Distinguished Alumni at Eastern Kentucky University in 1995. During his career at Berea College, he won 464 games and led the team to the Final Four of the NAIA Division II national tournament. He was also the director of athletics, golf coach, and associate professor. Coach Wierwille conducted his own basketball camp for 27 years, and was honored by the naming of the “Coach Roland Wierwille Locker Room Foyer” and the establishment of the Coach Roland Wierwille Athletic Award. In addition, he was named to the Mountaineer Men’s Basketball Honor of Distinction in 2005.
Coach Wierwille was the husband of Cecelia Ann Wierwille and father of Gretchen Wierwille Osborne,’85, Deborah Wierwille Spradlin, Courtney Wierwille Buchanan, ’91, and Roland Cecil Wierwille, ’96.