If you read this space regularly, you know we love to highlight coach accomplishments at every opportunity. Coaches are the backbone of high school sports and often don't get enough credit for what they do.
Here's a quick rundown of some top coach milestones this past week:
* St. Mary's (O'Neill, Neb.)
boys basketball coach Gary Chvala notched win No. 500 with a victory against Cody-Kilgore (Cody, Neb.). According to the Lincoln Journal Star, Chvala is one of only 13 boys coaches in state history to reach that mark. He has a career record of 500-277 in 36 years.
* Longtime coaches are typically understated when collecting a signature win. Add Bergenfield (N.J.)
mentor Marty Rivard to that list. When asked what it meant to earn his 700th victory Thursday, this one a 49-33 win against Pascack Valley (Hillsdale, N.J.), Rivard told The (Bergen) Record
: "It means one more than 699."
* Not to be outdone, Duncanville (Texas)
girls basketball coach Cathy Self-Morgan posted an even larger number- 900 – with a sizeable victory Tuesday. According to the national record book of the National Federation of State High School Associations, that total puts her 12th for all-time wins by a girls basketball coach.
Ironically, the coach she is set to pass next, Sandra Meadows, had 906 wins for Duncanville from 1958-83. The school gym is named after Meadows. Self-Morgan has won four state titles during her tenure. Three came at Westlake (Austin, Texas) where her career started and one at Duncanville. She also coached at Bishop Lynch (Dallas, Texas) and Cedar Hill (Texas).
In other coaching news:
* Bolles (Jacksonville, Fla.)
football coach Corky Rogers had emergency septuple bypass heart surgery on Tuesday, according to The Florida Times-Union
"Everything went well. The doctor said he felt good about it and was pleased with the way the operation went," his wife Linda Rogers told the newspaper.
Corky Rogers has the most wins all-time in Florida with a record of 411-71-1 in 40 seasons. He began his career at Lee and coached his alma mater for 17 years. Last month Rogers led Bolles to its 11th state title – and his state-record 10th – with a 33-25 victory against Washington (Miami) in Class 4A.
* Chris Olsen, who led Wayne Hills (Wayne, N.J.)
to a sectional title this past season, will have to choose between his job as the school's athletic director or football coach.
New school district policy prohibits athletic directors from also serving as coaches. The policy reportedly was established to address concerns about how the arrest of nine Wayne Hills football players in November was dealt with, according to The (Bergen) Record