Michael Wells is in his seventh year at Occidental College now serving as the Associate Athletic Director, Sports Information Director and Associate Head Men's Basketball Coach.
His responsibilities include overseeing Sports Information, Games Management, Men's and Women's Golf, Men's Soccer the annual Roy Dennis Oxy's Awards Banquet, the Occidental College Athletics Hall of Fame and External Relations, along with his work with the Men's Basketball team.
As the Associate Head Coach of the Tigers, Wells helped lead the team to its best season in a decade in 2017-18 and its first SCIAC Postseason Tournament appearance since 2010. Wells was in charge of Oxy's defense that was third nationally in points allowed (61.8), third in opponent field goal percentage (37.2) and fifth in 3-point field goal defense. Oxy was the only team in the country to be ranked in the top 10 in all three categories. In 2016-17 Oxy's defense was ranked second in the SCIAC in points allowed per game.
The Tigers went 19-6 overall and 12-4 in SCIAC (second place) during 2017-18.
Wells, took over in 2011 as Oxy's Sports Information Director. He was quickly promoted to Assistant Athletic Director in 2012 and to Associate Athletic Director in 2015.
Wells, whose mother Jodie Burton and father David Wells were longtime basketball coaches for Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, graduated from Dominican University of California with a Bachelor of Arts in communications in May 2011 and had been working as a sports reporter for the Marin Independent Journal in Northern California, where he covered college, prep and youth sports and designed pages.
He received his Masters in Organizational Leadership from Woodbury University in 2014.
During his time at Oxy, Wells has incorporated multimedia and social media into Oxy's athletic coverage, including highlight packages of sporting events and one-on-one interviews with athletes and coaches. He is a regular contributor to the Occidental College Alumni Magazine, writing feature stories on current and former Oxy athletes and coaches.
Wells hosts Oxy's annual Roy Dennis Oxy's Awards Banquet and can frequently be found on the microphone doing public address announcing at various Oxy sporting events.
In 2012, he served as an outside contractor for multimedia at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field National Championships and in 2017 he was the Field Events Announcer for UCLA Track and Field. He has also announced several of Oxy's home track meets, including the SCIAC Championships, and meets for Long Beach St.
Within the SCIAC, he has played a leadership role, serving as the Chair of the SCIAC Sports Information Directors Committee and as a member of the SCIAC Awards Committee.
His college experience at Dominican was a well-rounded one. As a four-year letter winner on the men's basketball team, Wells was named the Cal Pac Conference Freshman of the Year Award in 2007-08 and the Penguins' captain during his senior season in 2010-11.