Any coach knows a win is a win, but some are bigger than others – even if they don't want to take any of the credit.
Such was the case Tuesday with two of the nation's winningest soccer coaches, who recorded milestone victories but in turn deflected the attention on the accomplishments.Irmo (Columbia, S.C.)
boys soccer coach Phil Savitz notched win No. 600 with a 2-1 decision against rival Lexington (S.C.). Savitz is now 600-76 in his 33rd season at the school.
"It's exciting and heartwarming that this is so important to so many people," Savitz told The State
. "This isn't about coach Savitz, it really is about this point in the season and going for 601, winning our seventh game of the season."
Meanwhile in Texas, Reagan (San Antonio)
girls soccer coach Frankie Whitlock continued her climb up the state record books by earning her 500th career win. A 7-0 victory against Madison (San Antonio) made her the eighth coach in Texas to reach that mark, according to the San Antonio Express-News
Overall, Whitlock has a record of 500-93-37 in 27 years, the newspaper reported. She has coached at Reagan the past 12 years after stints at Churchill and Judson.
"It's always been about the kids and not about me or my accolades," Whitlock told the newspaper. "(The players) are the ones who worked their butts off and tolerate how demanding I am. It's the love of their improvement and success that I gain."