By Jeremy McDonald
OREGON CITY, Ore– Josh Rhoden got 100…and one!
Yeah it’s not basketball, but the Head Coach of the Clackamas Community College Wrestling Team picked up career dual wins 100 and 101 in his decorative ten year career following the Cougars wins over Warner Pacific and Pacific University Thursday Night at home.
Everyone was there in attendance to witness this amazing feat that occurred.
His wife Keri, daughter Ellie and newborn son Cody and even the winningest coach in Clackamas Wrestling history, Norm Berney was there.
“It was great being at home in front of the home fans,” said Rhoden. “Norm Berney, was in attendance last night and he said ‘Well kid you only have 26 more to tie me’. including my wife Keri, daughter Ellie and newborn son Cody.
“I couldn’t have imagined it being any better! It was just such a special night to have so many important people present.”
Rhoden said that through his 10 years of hard work of recruiting, fundraising and changing the culture at CCC wouldn’t have done it without the support system around him.
“I could not have done it without great assistant coaches (Rich Vigorito and Bret Born), a great trainer (Kevin Arizo), tough SOB’s for wrestlers over the past 10 years and a very supportive Athletic Director (Jim Martineau),” stated Rhoden.
“I’m happy for Clackamas Community College and the wrestling program that we have been able to get to where we are now. It’s been a culture shift that has allowed us to maintain the success over time.”
With Rhoden just in his 30s and many more miles and many more years ahead, the excitement for number 200 is already in the works.
But for now, Rhoden is going to enjoy the feeling of this first 100 wins.
“I had a text from an Alum last night that said now let’s get to 200 wins and my response was well we are only 99 away,” said Rhoden. “I don’t know about faster but we plan on being really good here for a long time to come.”
Jeremy McDonald is a professional sports journalist in the Salem/Portland area and is a member of the Society of Professional Journalist in Oregon with B.S. degrees from Southern Oregon University in Journalism (2011) and Health/PE (2013). Got a story idea? Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter at @J_McDonald81!