JCCC’s Ben Conrad continues run of success with latest coach of the year honor

Ben Conrad has had an unprecedented run of success since coming to JCCC to coach women's basketball in 2008, including winning a 2015 national title, above. Image from JCCC Athletics website

Johnson County Community College head women’s basketball coach Ben Conrad is getting statewide recognition again. 

For the second consecutive year, Conrad has been named the 2-Year Women’s College Coach of the Year by the Kansas Basketball Coaches Association. 

Who he is: Conrad has been head coach at JCCC for nearly 15 years. 

He came to Johnson County from Upper Iowa University in Fayette, Iowa. 

His first coaching position was a working as a student assistant for the University of Northern Iowa’s men’s basketball team from 1996 to 1999. 

Then he went on to work as a graduate assistant with the Iowa State University women’s basketball team several other stops in Iowa before moving here. 

“When this job opened in the spring of 2008, I was very curious and I pursued,” Conrad said about the move. “It was an agonizing decision to leave the university where I was but it ended pretty good for me and my family.”

Success at JCCC: Conrad took on the role of women’s basketball coach at JCCC in 2008. 

In his 14 years in Johnson County, Conrad has earned numerous titles from the National Junior College Athletic Association. 

He has been National Coach of the Year three times and District Coach of the Year six times.

He has also received the Coach of the Year title from the Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference seven times. 

He led the JCCC women’s basketball team this past season to a 28-1 record. At one point, the team won 20 games in a row.

Two of his players, Jaylen Townsend and Kierra Prim, were also named All-Americans this past season. 

“It was great to honored by such a fantastic organization,” he said about this year’s win.

Other notable achievements: Conrad also holds two win streak records for JCCC: 54 straight wins from 2015-2018 and 46 striaght wins from 2011 to 2014. 

His entire time at JCCC has seen 66 total wins over nationally ranked teams. 

Following national titles for some of Johnson County Community College’s women’s basketball players, the team has received a different kind of recognition.