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Dixie State basketball coach celebrates 500th career victory

By Jeremiah Jensen, | Posted - Jan 30th, 2017 @ 10:43pm


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ST. GEORGE — Most college basketball coaches are fortunate to coach 500 games in their career.

A select group wins that many.

An in-state coach celebrated the milestone over the weekend.

Dixie State head coach Jon Judkins celebrated the milestone victory Saturday with the Trailblazers' 81-72 win over Hawaii-Hilo. Judkins' wins are scattered across 24 years of coaching in the Beehive State, including 195 wins at Dixie State (with wins over Division I and Division II opponents) and 284 wins as head coach at Snow College.

"That's something as a coach you don't think about," Judkins said. "Your job is to win every game you play, and that's what I was doing. They told me it was my 500th win, and I didn't know that.

"It's a neat milestone, and it's something I'll look back on it when I'm done coaching. But right now, it's just another game."

After the game, his players celebrated in a moment he will never forget.

"It was crazy. I told them not to do anything," Judkins said with a laugh. "I got in (the locker room), and they are sitting in their chairs like normal.

"All of sudden, they came flying up with Gatorade bottles full of water. They just drenched me. It was pretty crazy, but it became pretty fun."

Click the video above to see the team's reaction to Judkins' win.

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