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Sue Cannon, Trinity

Sue Cannon became only the seventh coach in history to win 1,000 games in girls basketball over the weekend when she guided Trinity (Euless, Texas) to a 76-36 rout of Kimball (Dallas, Texas) in the Flower Mound Tournament.

Now in her 41st year of coaching, the last 27 at Trinity, Cannon has a 1,001-315 record. The national record  is 1,379 victories by Leta Andrews, who still is coaching at Granbury (Texas).

Cannon, who also is boys and girls athletic coordinator, told MaxPreps, "That's awesome. I had no idea. I knew I'd never reach Leta Andrews."

Asked about her greatest thrill, Cannon replied, "To me, it's been the players. At one point I had 11 players playing college basketball. That's more important to me than wins and losses. That and players coming back to me with their kids and thanking me. Making them successful in life - so many have gone on to be great adults."

The 65-year-old marvel noted that she cut her coaching teeth attending practices conducted by University of North Carolina legend Dean Smith while coaching at Durham Academy in Chapel Hill, N.C. She had 10 great years at West Orange-Stark (Orange, Texas).

When she was hired at Trinity, she inherited a team which had lost all 30 games the previous year.

"The principal gave me five years to turn the program around," she recalled. "I told him if I don't do it in three years I'll be gone because I don't take losing well. We were 15-15 the first year and they were happy. I thought it was terrible."

Trinity is building a new facility and will be doing some renovations, too. Cannon, who is a member of the Texas Basketball Hall of Fame, said that when these projects are finished, she plans to retire.