Posipanko wins 300

Sunday's victory by the Winthrop Men's Soccer Team was a special one for Coach Rich Posipanko. It was his 300th, making him one of an elite few nationwide.

Posipanko, in his 19th season as coach of the Eagles, became the 26th NCAA Division I coach and the 52nd in all divisions to win 300 games. He has had 183 wins at Winthrop to add to 117 at his previous post as coach of the Longwood College team in Farmville, Va.

In assessing his achievement, Posipanko humbly attributes his success to good players, good assistant coaches and administrations that know what it takes to win. And he has been blessed with good players over his career, including 113 all-conference players, 12 all-Americans, 49 all-region selections, three freshmen of the year, two players of the year, 22 academic all-Americans and six national team members.

But he doesn't mention the key role he played in developing many of those players and in bringing out their best on game days. He doesn't mention strategy, inspiration, understanding of human nature and all the other skills a successful coach must possess.

And if it were all about players and assistants and college deans, there would be more than 52 who had reached the 300-win plateau. Congratulations to Posipanko for an outstanding achievement.

The honor is well earned.