WINNIPEG — You can call Garth Pischke the most “winningest” coach of all-time after two wins against the Regina Cougars over the weekend.
Pischke — in his 33rd year of coaching the Manitoba Bison men’s volleyball team — set a historic record by accomplishing his 1,240th victory.
“There’s an emotional component to it. Winning at home in front of your family, it’s great,” said Pischke. “There’s a lot of great memories, a lot of great players have played for me.”
The Bisons won against the Cougars by a 3-0 (25-17, 25-17, 25-18) result on a Saturday matinee match to improve to a 3-1 record in Canada West conference play during the 2014-15 season.
“I don’t know what to say. This was not just another match. I am thinking about a lot of very good players and teams and all the memories. It has been fun to be a part of it.”
Pischke surpasses the mark recently set by UCLA legendary coach Al Scates, when he finished his 50-year coaching career in the 2012 season with a 1,239-290 (.810) winning record.
Pischke, 59, also now holds the most overall coaching wins by a CIS (Canadian Interuniversity Sport) head coach in history.
He joked after the game he may now try to achieve 2,000 wins.
The Bisons play on the road at UBC Okanagan this Friday and Saturday, while Regina will host the University of Winnipeg.
Congratulations to my dad on his 1240th coaching win to break the all time N. American record. @umbisons @umanitoba pic.twitter.com/I4luSyWNgM
— Taylor Pischke (@taylorpischke) October 19, 2014
— With files from Bison Sports / ChrisD.ca video