Albright going after 500th victory

Southern-Harwood coach could hit milestone today

Boys basketball

High Schools

February 26, 2000|By Pat O'Malley

Tom Albright, whose 35 seasons at Southern-Harwood make him the dean of Baltimore-area boys basketball coaches, is one win from becoming the third metro coach to achieve 500 career wins.

Albright's Bulldogs (12-10) play a Class 2A South Regional at Fairmont Heights in Prince George's County at 4 p.m. today.

At 499-307 (.619) with four state titles, Albright could join the late Ray Mullis, who was 620-346 (.641) in 31 seasons at Cardinal Gibbons, and Loyola coach Jerry Savage, who is 574-392 (.594) in his 32nd season, as the only other 500-win coaches.

Late Dunbar coach Sugar Cain was the next closest to 500, finishing his 32-year career with the Poets at 485-105 (.822).

Albright, who teaches computer math and also is Southern's athletic director, started in Harwood in 1965.

He won his first state title in 1973 with a 21-3 team that had a 19-game winning streak, third best in Anne Arundel County history. The other state titles came in 1981 (21-3), 1983 (21-5) and 1986 (22-4).

"Down here [in Harwood], it's a family affair, and we win for everybody in the Southern community," said the low-key Albright.

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