January 8, 2004
Albany- Deerfield-Windsor basketball coach Gordy Gruhl has enjoyed his share of team celebrations in winning five GISA state titles.
However, Gruhl's next win will the cause for a rare personal celebration as he will become just the 16th high school coach in Georgia to win 800 games.
Gordy Gruhl said "It is an honor to be up with some of the coaches who have been able to achieve that at a relatively young age I guess."
One reason why Gruhl has reached 800 wins at the young age of 52 is that he has spent half of his 29 year career coaching both boys and girls teams.
The burden of coaching two teams at once didn't hurt Gruhl who has won 506 games coaching boys basketball and 293 of his wins have come as a girls head coach.
Believe it or not, Gruhl says he enjoyed coaching both the boys and girls teams for 11 straight seasons before giving up his position has girls head coach almost a decade ago.
But when Larry Collins left Deerfield-Windsor four years ago, Gruhl went back to double duty and found out that alot has changed.
Gruhl said "Those two years liked to have killed me even though I liked doing both of them but it just so much time involved. The four hours of practice every day is really what wears on you during the course of the season. So, I had to give one of them up and hopefully we were able to get Mr. Collins back over here to coach girls basketball."
And the focus for Gordy Gruhl right now is a team that is looking to rebuilding after losing four seniors from last year's state championship team.
This year's Knight's team has a .500 record at five wins and five losses but their coach is very optimistic about the second half of this season.
Gruhl said "We seem to be getting better. We won a big game at Southland on Tuesday night to give us a road win and hopefully we are going to continue to improve and who knows by the end of the year we may be a factor to deal with in the state playoffs."
Gruhl's first win came at Edmund Burke Academy where he spent four seasons.
He then moved on to Worth Academy in Sylvester and when that school closed he moved to Deerfield-Windsor where he has been coaching basketball for 21 seasons.
The ever improving Knights hope to secure win number 800 for their coach when they host Calvary Christian on Friday night.
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