Thursday , Feb , 23 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Coach records 1,000th career college win

St. Louis, MO (Sports Network) – Three Rivers Community College head coach
Gene Bess became the first college basketball coach to record 1,000 wins after
his junior college team defeated Forest Park, 77-60, on Wednesday.

Now in his 36th season as athletic director and head coach at Three Rivers,
Bess holds a 1,000-258 career mark and is the all-time most winning junior
college coach.

Bess has led the Raiders to two National Junior College Athletic Associations
national championships (1979 and 1992), 13 tournament appearances, seven final
four showings and has been named NJCAA Coach of the Year twice.

Bess’ mark is unequaled in college hoops, though there are two active head
coaches over the 900 mark.

Harry Statham, head coach at McKendree College for the last 40 years, has
compiled 912 wins so far in his active career. McKendree College is a member
of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics.

Tennessee women’s head coach Pat Summitt currently has 906 career victories,
while the legendary Dean Smith tops all men’s NCAA Division I with 879 wins.