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Priory basketball coach reaches 400 career wins



Priory coach Bob McCormack reached a personal milestone in career wins last week by notching No. 400.

The win for McCormack came in the Rebels’ 65-31 victory over Metro Academic and Classical High in the semifinals in the Trinity Invitational. It was the second game of the season for the Rebels.

While 400 career wins as a head coach is impressive, McCormack downplayed the accomplishment.

“That means I’ve been around a while,” McCormack quipped. “But it’s something I really enjoy, too. It’s not considered work for me. It’s such a passion for me. I don’t know what I’d be doing if I wasn’t doing this.”

McCormack is in his second year at Priory, where his Rebels went 13-13 last season. Priory is off to a 3-0 start this season and have a big Metro League matchup set for Friday against visiting Principia, also undefeated.

“The kids kind of knew about it,” McCormack siad. “They wanted to get it done for me. It was really, really exciting.”

His coaching career began in 1991 at Ladue. McCormack spent five years with the Rams and went 80-55 in his varsity tenure.

“I was a young kid back them and I was fortunate to coach the varsity,” said McCormack, who is in his 29th year in education.

McCormack coached at CBC, his alma mater, for 17 years. He produced one state championship in 1997 and a third place finish in 2010.

He noted he did not get those 400 victories by himself.

“From the standpoint of getting wins, so many talented players through the the years have helped me as a head coach accomplish that,” McCormack said. “I want to thank all the assistant coaches that have helped me through the years. It’s a great feeling to have worked with and coached so many good kids.”

Talking with McCormack you quickly know he’s a man who loves basketball. He comes by his love of sports from his father, Tom, who is 80.

“I learned that from my father,” McCormack said. “He played for the Browns and Orioles and was a scout for over 30 years with the Cardinals. He was my mentor.”

His father and mother, Joan, were in attendance for the 400th victory.

“They come to as many games as they can,” McCormack said.

There was no big celebration afterward.

“Just a couple of hugs,” McCormack said. “Then, it’s move on to the next game.”

He keeps in touch with former players.

“I get emails and calls from former players all the time,” McCormack said. “Next to coaching my two sons, there’s nothing more rewarding that having those guys contact you. It’s really neat.”

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