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Three Decades of Success

ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

It's been three decades since coach Gordy Gruhl took over the Deerfield-Windsor Knights.

And after thirty years on the job, Gruhl is still making a huge impact on Deerfield-Windsor basketball.

"When I first came here 30 years ago, I certainly didn't figure on staying for 30 years," said Gruhl. "So, we've built something here that's been very special."

Since Gruhl joined the staff, he's won seven of the schools eight state titles, two as the girls head coach, and five as the boys head coach.

"I've been very fortunate to coach some kids that were determined to not accept mediocrity and have worked to become one of the top programs in the state," said Gruhl.

This season, Gruhl earned his first championship since 2010, despite a rough 2-5 start to the year, thanks to the leadership of three seniors.

"All three of those guys, in their own way, contributed," said Gruhl. "Christian [Wallace], Austin [Fallaw] and Ryan [Toole]. All of them had their own things that they gave the team. You always feel really good for them. You feel good for the whole team. But, you really feel good for your seniors that get to go out that way."

Gruhl says the team simply peaked at the right time.

And having only won the teams 4 playoff games by a combined 27 points, he says those tight situations will also help the returning players.

"That will give them the confidence going into next season," said Gruhl. "But also, with that, that kind of puts a bulls-eye on you for next year. So, they've got to be ready to handle that too."

And while coach says now is the time to rest and enjoy the championship, he'll be ready to go for year 31 and beyond.

"I hope we have continued success," said Gruhl. "But, that's going to be up to the kids. If they want to continue to work, well certainly I want to continue to work with them."

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