It's incredibly difficult for a high school basketball coach to reach the watershed mark of 500 wins. If you assume that a near-unbeaten team might win a total of 25 games per season -- a number which would require a playoff run -- it would take 20 superlative seasons to reach the 500-win mark.
That's why it's an achievement worth celebrating when any coach reaches the 500-win plateau. What's even more rare is when one school can boast of two coaches who both sport 500 or more victories. Coppell (Texas) High can brag of just such an arrangement, even though it was without any 500-game winners just a week ago. Amazingly, according to the Dallas Morning News and other sources, within 48 hours of Coppell boys coach Brad Chasteen winning his 500th career game, girls coach Jerry Hoffman won her 500th as well, crowning a true watershed moment for both programs. The coaches join an incredibly rare group of head men and women in the Lone Star State, an exclusive club detailed by Vype 7-5A.
Chasteen, pictured at right, has been a head high school basketball in Texas for 23 years and won his 500th game on Feb. 8 in a 74-63 victory over rival Keller (Texas) Central High. According to ESPN Dallas, Chasteen and the program didn't celebrate the milestone on the court immediately after the victory, instead waiting until they reached the locker room, when a group of parents came in to celebrate the career mark with Chasteen and his players, who were completely unaware he was so close to a major career moment.
"It has been great to hear from former players, coaches and well wishers that I love and care about," Chasteen told ESPN Dallas. "I guess my testament to coaching is my wife and three of my children are coaches."
Chasteen and his Cowboys have won two more games since his 500th victory, pushing his career mark to 502-269 while also clinching at least a share of the District 7-5A title.
Hoffman, meanwhile, earned her 500th career victory just two days later, in Coppell's 61-45 victory over Keller (Texas) High. The milestone comes in a resurgent season for the Cowgirls, who are poised to reach the state playoffs for the first time since 2004-05 after the program's first winning campaign since the 2007-08 season.
Whether the coaches will continue to rack up more victories in the crucible of postseason pressure remains to be seen, but one thing is certain: Earning signature victories so close to one another stands out as a unique mark not only for Coppell, but for Texas high school basketball altogether.