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Allegany's Tedd Eirich wins 400th game

Feb. 8—CUMBERLAND — Longtime Allegany boys basketball coach Tedd Eirich won his 400th game with a 71-49 home victory over Frankfort on Wednesday night.

Eirich has a 400-107 win-loss record in his 21st season as Allegany's head coach. His winning percentage of .789 is the best in school history.

"It'll mean more to me I think after the season's over because I want this season to be about the kids we're coaching now," Eirich said. "I don't want to make a big deal out of it, but to get to 400 wins, you have to have great coaches. You have to have great players.

"To put things in perspective, when me and (assistant coach) Dennys (Salas) stepped on the court together, all those many years ago, these kids that I'm coaching now weren't even alive.

"They didn't get to see Dennys win a state championship under Toby (Eirich). They didn't get to see Michael Paige, his three years at Allegany, we just tore up everybody pretty good. They didn't see Triston (Eirich), his four years at Allegany they only lost five games total. And these are just three of my assistant coaches."

Tedd Eirich is the second coach in Allegany history to reach the 400-win mark, joining the legendary Walter L. "Bill" Bowers, who led Allegany to 566 wins and 166 losses in 29 seasons for a winning percentage of .773. Bowers coached Alco to 11 state titles.

Eirich is in his second stint with the Campers, who are 14-3 this season ahead of a home tilt with arch-rival Fort Hill on Friday at 7 p.m.. He resigned before the start of the 2018-19 season before returning before the 2021-22 campaign.

Since taking over a second time, Eirich is 47-15, and the Campers earned a share of the Western Maryland Athletic Conference crown with a 7-1 mark last year after splitting with Fort Hill during the regular season.

In 18 seasons during his first tenure, Eirich's Campers captured 11 City titles, 10 Area championships, eight Appalachian Mountain Athletic Conference crowns and three Western Maryland Interscholastic League championships.

Allegany was undefeated AMAC champs six times and had a record 42-game AMAC win streak during the AMAC's 11-year existence.

Eirich has led Allegany to eight trips to College Park with eight Maryland Class 1A West Region championships, finishing as state runner-up three times (2004, '06, '14).

Eirich succeeded his brother Toby Eirich as head coach at Allegany in 2000. Jon Irons, who led the Allegany baseball team to a region title and the state semifinals two seasons ago, coached the Campers' basketball team between Tedd's two stints.

Alex Rychwalski is a sports reporter at the Cumberland Times-News. Follow him on Twitter @arychwal.