Rich Posipanko, who registered his 300th coaching win last week, has a long way to go to overtake all-time NCAA Division I leader Michael Parker of UNC Greensboro.
Parker, in his 36th year with the Spartans, has 469, while Southern Methodist's Schellas Hyndman retired last year after 30 seasons with 452. Duke's John Rennie has 447 in 37 years.
Posipanko is in his 19th season at Winthrop and 29th overall.
Posipanko, who reached the 300-win plateau with a 5-1 win over Gardner-Webb, will look to get a step closer tonight when the Eagles (4-1) host always-tough Appalachian State (3-1-1).
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He knows his Eagles will have to bring their "A" game.
"Our games are always close and hard-fought," Posipanko said. "They don't give up a lot of goals. I bet our last five games have been one-goal games."
Prior to tonight's game, the Winthrop coach will be presented one of the balls used in his 300th win.
Posipanko said the last 75 minutes of the game with Gardner-Webb was probably the best the Eagles have played this season.
"We need to build on that and play a full 90 minutes," Posipanko said. "Even though we're a veteran team, I knew it would take at least four games to get everything together because you don't have much of a preseason in soccer.
"Even though we've only given up three goals, I'm disappointed in how the defense is playing. We had as big a hand in those goals as the other team did. We should be 5-0 and have not given up a goal."
• BLUE COLLAR WORKER: Winthrop's dynamic scoring duo of Saidi Isaac and Daniel Revivo has a way of grabbing the headlines.
But it was the workman-like defensive play of junior Otto Lowey that caught the attention of those who voted for the Wingate Inn Classic all-tournament team.
Lowey, a junior defender from Norcross, Ga., not only made the team but walked away with MVP honors.
"I was really surprised I got it," Otto, a first-team All-Big South Conference selection last year, said. "Most people look for goals and assists, but we take pride in no goals."
Lowey alternated between midfield and defense last year, but has concentrated on "D" this season.
"The team needs me on defense this season, but if I need to play some midfield, I'll do it," he said.
Like Posipanko, Lowey doesn't feel like the Eagles have been consistent.
"We haven't shown what we're made of yet," he said with a sly grin.
• DIGGING IN FOR CHARITY: The volleyball team is one of 46 teams joining the "Dig for the Cure," which helps raise money for the Susan G. Komen Foundation.
Winthrop's selected game is Friday's Big South Conference home opener against High Point.
The team will accept pledges all week. The money will be donated according to the number of digs compiled in the game. The foundation has raised more than $740 million for the fight against breast cancer.
For more information, contact assistant coach Shannon Wells at firstname.lastname@example.org or (803) 323-2129, ext. 6612.
• TURN YOUR VIDEO ON: Winthrop fans will be able to watch selected volleyball, men's and women's soccer and cross country events that will be video-streamed at the Big South Conference's Web site.
To access the games, log onto bigsouthsports.com and sign up for THE EDGE. Video-streaming packages and single games are available. An annual subscription is $69.95. A fall package is $49.95. Single games are also available for $4.95.
Winthrop's men's soccer match at High Point a week from today is the next event scheduled to be video-streamed.
For more information call (803) 323-2129, ext. 6258.
Appalachian State at Winthrop, men's soccer, 7 p.m.
High Point at Winthrop, volleyball, 6 p.m.
Winthrop at Tennessee Tech, women's soccer, 5 p.m.
Winthrop at Austin Peay, women's soccer, 2 p.m.
Winthrop at High Point, men's soccer, 7 p.m.