Prior to Friday's (Nov. 10) Ashland University men's basketball regular season opener against Lake Erie, the Ashland University men's basketball team will recognize former head coach Bob Stokes on the court in a pregame ceremony. The game is scheduled to tip off at 7 p.m. at Kates Gymnasium.
Stokes coached the Eagles for seven seasons from 1958-65, accumulating a career record of 87-63. He was inducted into the Ashland University Hall of Fame in 1992.
Under Stokes, the Eagles won at least 13 games in five seasons, including a 21-4 record in 1961-62 when the program advanced to the NAIA National Tournament for the first time after claiming the NAIA District 22 championship. That season, the Eagles won the Mid-Ohio Conference championship and Stokes was named the Mid-Ohio Conference Coach of the Year.
Ashland qualified for the NAIA district tournament five times under Stokes, who also served as the athletic director at Ashland from 1970-75. He was also an associate professor sport sciences and was the director of the graduate program in sport science at Ashland.
Friday's game will tip off the season for the 2017-18 squad as the Eagles look to gain their way to the NCAA Tournament for the second time in three years.