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Igel reaches coaching milestonePosted Tuesday, December 14, 2010, at 10:47 PM
Andy Igel (right) talks with former Thunderbird player Jamie Hudson last year before the start of the Eastern Greene-Bedford North-Lawrence high school boys basketball game. Hudson coaches the Stars. (By B.J. Hargis/Greene County Daily World).
They were Bloomfield's Guy Glover (434 in 25 seasons), Union (Dugger)'s Joe Hart (298 in 20 seasons), Bloomfield's Ron McBride (228 in 16 seasons) and Bloomfield's Steve Brett (223 in 16 seasons).
Herschell Allen coached 14 seasons at Shakamak. We don't have the won-loss marks from of all of his years coaching the Lakers, but unofficially he won 160 games in 11 seasons. We don't have his results from 1976, 1977 and 1978, but Allen could very well be on the list.
Now we can add one more name to this prestigious list -- Andy Igel at Eastern Greene.
Igel, who now has almost 250 career wins, including stops at Frontier and Vincennes Rivet, recorded wins No. 200 at Brown County Friday and No. 201 at North Knox Saturday.
Igel is 245-202 in 21 seasons overall, including a 201-120 mark in his 15th season at EGHS. His winning percentage at Eastern Greene is .626.
"I have been very fortunate and very blessed," Igel said of his stay in Greene County. "All the record means to me is that we have had a ton of great kids and a ton of great assistant coaches.
"You can't achieve anything in coaching by yourself. I have been fortunate to work with great administrators and parents as well."
Under Igel's leadership, the Thunderbirds have won four Greene County titles, three sectional championships, one regional and six Southwestern Indiana Athletic Conference titles.
He predecessor Mark Barnhizer posted a 112-62 record in eight seasons, the longest stint in EGHS history prior to Igel's arrival.
"Wow, it really doesn't seem like I have been here that long," said Igel. "The most important thing to me is the kids," said Igel. "Without their hard work and sacrifice, I would not have lasted all of these years.
"There is no doubt that the good Lord has blessed me and my family. I feel very lucky to have had this opportunity and hopefully we will continue to make the most of it."
Igel, who turned 50 on Dec. 4, said that he might coach another 50 years until he was 100.
Then he said, no, I'll probably retire before then."
Despite the perfect start so far, the Thunderbirds are still outside the Class 2A Top 10. They are receiving votes, but not enough.
But as a friend of mine would say about being ranked in either the Associated Press or Coach's poll, "That and a dollar will get you any size drink at McDonalds."
I have a funny feeling that the Birds will eventually get there, if they keep adding to their 5-0 start. Like most teams, the question about the success of their season won't be answered until March.
On a side note to the coaching totals, Hart, who I believe is tops all-time in Sullivan County, will likely be bumped down to No. 2 later this year. Coach Jeff Moore is currently 294-177 in his 21st season at Sullivan High School.
When he came to Sullivan, the average stint of the boys basketball coach at SHS was less than three years. Legendary football coach "Spike" Kelly had coached the Golden Arrows hoopsters for seven or eight years during his stay there, the previous longest stay.
Ironically Moore has never coached varsity any other place but Sullivan. He was an assistant coach at Brownstown Central for four seasons before taking the Arrow job before the start of the 1990-91 season.
B.J. Hargis is the sports editor of the Greene County Daily World. He can be reached at (812) 847-4487, ext. 12 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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