Back when Debbie Humphreys began her coaching career at Stephen F. Austin all of us had to actually pay attention to which area code we were calling each time we picked up the phone. Today’s players have no concept of this, but we had “in area” calls, “long distance” calls and all those phone numbers with area code 800 that were considered “toll free”. No matter where you were located, you could call a business or some form of organization that was out of your area with no additional long distance rates if they had an “800” area code.
Of the 20 coaches that have amassed 800 career wins, eight of them have made it to 900 and Cook would seemingly join them. Only five coaches have 1000+ wins at the Division 1 level. My quote from 2009 made it sound like 940 would be a real long shot. It doesn’t seem quite like that now. My original prediction of 2029 being about the time where that could happen is still a reasonable pace. The only difference is that in 2009 that was 20 years out. Now, it’s only five and I certainly could see Humphreys doing this for five or more years. Only she really knows how long she wants and/or will be able to coach. But for now, there seems to be little slowing down and the mind and energy is still certainly there.
I get to witness on a season by season basis her level of desire to teach, to coach and to win. From where I sit, her competency, desire, competitiveness, and passion are still running really high. The chase for 900 – even 1000 – will be amazing to witness.
For now, congratulations Coach Humphreys on 800 career wins. A mighty accomplishment indeed!
Finally, as if the quote from October 25, 2009, above wasn’t enough, look at how I ended that article fourteen years ago (the “eight” is now “twenty”, by the way):
“Some perspective...only eight coaches in the HISTORY of college volleyball have won over 800 matches. I hope I am there....on the mic... to see it happen.”
Yep, I was on the mic and there to see it happen.
Thanks, Coach. Sometimes wishes do come true.