Nov 24, 2010
Power Becomes 2nd Illinois Girls Coach To Reach 800 Wins

Fenwick coach Dave Power was surrounded by former players, family and friends, a big cake and three helium balloons counting out the number 800 in Oak Park on Tuesday night.

The meaning of it all?

“It means I’m getting old, Power said with a smile.

No. 6 Fenwick’s 65-26 home victory against Niles North in the Vikings’ Thanksgiving tournament gave Power his 800th career victory. He joins Marshall coach Dorothy Gaters as the only Illinois girls basketball coaches to reach the mark.

“The thought of my players and assistant coaches through the years, and all the games and the fun we’ve had. It’s really their accomplishment, not mine, said Power, who has a career record of 800-206 from stints at Proviso West, Immaculate Heart of Mary and Fenwick. He won state titles in 1987, 2001 and 2007.

It’s just gone by so fast. I always wanted to win a state championship. That’s the goal of every coach. When that happened I thought maybe I might retire, but I didn’t. In 2007 I had given it thoughts, but I wasn’t ready to go. I don’t know if I’m going to end up like Joe Paterno.”

Fenwick (4-0) led 19-12 at the end of the first quarter, but the Friars clamped down on defense to hold the Vikings (0-3) to five second-quarter points. Senior guard Sarah Williams scored five straight Fenwick points to open the quarter, and freshman point guard Jade Owens added five points in a 12-2 Fenwick run to extend the Friars’ lead to 39-17 at halftime.

Williams and Owens drove an 8-0 spurt to start the second half. They led the Friars with 13 points apiece.

“It’s a huge deal. We knew coach Power was looking forward to his 800th win, and we just wanted to get that for him, said Williams, a Lehigh recruit. He’s excellent. I’ve never met a coach that knows more about the game of basketball than he does. It’s amazing what he can see on the floor that we can’t.

“It’s great to honor him this way.”


Power Becomes 2nd Illinois Girls Coach To Reach 800 Wins

Chicago Tribune

Fenwick coach Dave Power was surrounded by former players, family and friends, a big cake and three helium balloons counting out the number 800 in Oak Park on Tuesday night.

The meaning of it all?

“It means I’m getting old, Power said with a smile.

No. 6 Fenwick’s 65-26 home victory against Niles North in the Vikings’ Thanksgiving tournament gave Power his 800th career victory. He joins Marshall coach Dorothy Gaters as the only Illinois girls basketball coaches to reach the mark.

The thought of my players and assistant coaches through the years, and all the games and the fun we’ve had. It’s really their accomplishment, not mine, said Power, who has a career record of 800-206 from stints at Proviso West, Immaculate Heart of Mary and Fenwick. He won state titles in 1987, 2001 and 2007.

It’s just gone by so fast. I always wanted to win a state championship. That’s the goal of every coach. When that happened I thought maybe I might retire, but I didn’t. In 2007 I had given it thoughts, but I wasn’t ready to go. I don’t know if I’m going to end up like Joe Paterno.”

Fenwick (4-0) led 19-12 at the end of the first quarter, but the Friars clamped down on defense to hold the Vikings (0-3) to five second-quarter points. Senior guard Sarah Williams scored five straight Fenwick points to open the quarter, and freshman point guard Jade Owens added five points in a 12-2 Fenwick run to extend the Friars’ lead to 39-17 at halftime.

Williams and Owens drove an 8-0 spurt to start the second half. They led the Friars with 13 points apiece.

“It’s a huge deal. We knew coach Power was looking forward to his 800th win, and we just wanted to get that for him, said Williams, a Lehigh recruit. He’s excellent. I’ve never met a coach that knows more about the game of basketball than he does. It’s amazing what he can see on the floor that we can’t.

“It’s great to honor him this way.”






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