Durham reaches milestone

Published: Sunday, January 26, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 26, 2003 at 12:16 a.m.
JACKSONVILLE - Hugh Durham became the 10th active coach to reach 600 career wins when Jacksonville beat struggling Gardner-Webb 87-75 on Saturday night.
Durham joins Jim Phelan, Bobby Knight, Lou Henson, Eddie Sutton, John Chaney, Lute Olson, Mike Krzyzewski, Jim Calhoun and Jim Boeheim as the only active coaches with 600 victories.
Durham is just the 32nd Division I coach to reach that milestone.
"I'm glad to get it on the first try because I didn't want the pressure to build about it," said Durham, who has coached a combined 35 years at Florida State, Georgia and Jacksonville. "I'm glad it's out of the way."
Following the game, school officials presented Durham with a large cake as fans streamed onto the court to celebrate. Durham addressed the crowd and his players on the public address system, thanking them for their support.
"Six hundred wins is nice to have, but you need good players to get wins and you need good assistant coaches to recruit those good players," Durham said. "I've been fortunate and blessed to have had both during my career, which has enabled me to accumulate the wins."
He is one of 11 coaches to take two different schools to the Final Four, leading Florida State to the national title game in 1972 and Georgia to a third-place finish in 1983.
Durham, 65, is expected to reach another significant milestone next month. He is scheduled to coach his 1,000th game Feb. 15 when the Dolphins host Florida Atlantic. The only active coaches to have coached that many games are Phelan, Henson and Knight. Sutton is scheduled to coach his 1,000th game Feb. 5.
"Coaching centers around enjoying it and if you aren't enjoying it, then you aren't being fair to yourself and your players," Durham said. "I'm just happy to win tonight and to start thinking about our next game on Thursday against Jacksonville State."
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