Gidney Grabs #150; Wants Five More

EP2In a season where Mother Nature is making it extremely tough to just play a basketball game, Eric Gidney was not only able to win one, he was able to come out victorious for the 150th time.

The first-year Lehighton head girls’ basketball coach notched the 150th victory of his high school head coaching career last night as the Lady Indians defeated East Stroudsburg North 58-46.

The Pottstown resident knew about the achievement, but didn’t try to focus any attention on it.

“It was never discussed at all,” he said in a phone interview Saturday morning. “The first time I knew that the girls even knew about it was last night after the game when they gave me a card and congratulated me…it was just business as usual otherwise.”

Gidney has taken care of business for 11 years coaching high school basketball as he took his first head coaching job when he was just 21-years old back in 1993 with the Springside Chestnut Hill Academy in Philadelphia. Even before that he was an assistant coach right out of high school as he began to learn how to win.

150 is a lot of victories, but Gidney had confidence it could be attained.

“I guess I knew that it would happen eventually,” he said of the career milestone. “Just like I don’t want my team to get concerned with their personal accolades, I don’t get concerned with mine. It is a great thing. It is a nice tribute to all the teams that I was fortunate to coach, but I don’t see it as personal reflection of me. I see it more as a reflection of the attitude, workmanship and the effort that my teams have had throughout the years, including this year’s squad.

“I wouldn’t have imagined it back when I started, but it is nice to have.”

With the Lady Indians standing at 3-5 in the Mountain Valley Conference and 6-9 overall, Gidney is determined on getting to the postseason.

“We still have some opportunities to achieve some lofty goals that I put on the group. We have to go 5-2 in our last seven games to qualify [for districts]. It can be done, but we don’t have a very big margin for error.”

Gidney is proud of the strides his team has made and wants to see them do their best as they face Stroudsburg on Monday, Pleasant Valley on Tuesday and East Stroudsburg South on Friday of this upcoming week.

Last night was a historic moment for a coach with a storied coaching past, but he is zoned in on the future and the Lehighton girls’ basketball program.

“Even though last night was number 150 for me, it was really number 6 for this group and that is what matters to me.”

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