Coach Buddy Kennedy took over the Pass Christian Pirates basketball program for the 1993-94 season.
Following the win over St. Stanislaus coach Kennedy said it was great to reach the monumental milestone. He also said it took some weight off his shoulders.
"I'm just relieved to finally get it over with, "stated Kennedy. "300 didn't seem to be a big deal, 400 didn't seem to be a big deal but 500 all of a sudden became a big mountain for us and I'm just glad to have it behind so we can move forward and play basketball."
The Collins, Mississippi native says a number of people played a role in his coaching success at Pass Christian.
"My high school coach Wayne Breakfield years ago spent a lot of time with me when I wasn't very good and motivated me to try to get a whole lot better and he had a big impact on me, "said Kennedy. " Going through classes at USM with Jay Larry Ladner as a basketball specialist up there teaching classes and when I came to the coast there were a lot of veteran coaches who were real successful down here that I was able to watch and learn from."
There are many highlights during his time at Pass Christian and reaching the top of the mountain in Jackson ranks right up there.
"We won the State Championship in 2009, "stated Kennedy. "We lost in the state championship in 2011. Two or three other times we lost in overtime in the semis to the teams that won the State Championship. So, we came close several times. I think we've won eight District Championships."
Besides winning basketball games, Kennedy says the relationship he's developed over the years with his players stands out.
"There's ups and down but you get an opportunity to build relationships with young men, "said Kennedy. "Ten or fifteen years they'll comeback and visit with you and tell you you had an impact on their lives."
Coach Kennedy's wife Dena and his son, Tyler were both in attendance during Monday's milestone victory.
Dena Kennedy said, "I feels really really good. Major accomplishment. I'm very very proud of him."
Tyler Kennedy said, "It's amazing. I couldn't think of anybody prouder to call my father right now."
On Tuesday night coach Kennedy picked up career win 501, leading his Pirates past Pearl River Central 48-38.
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