Fenwick High School girls basketball coach Dave Power got his 1,000th career victory last week as the Friars (3-1) routed visiting Taft 50-19 on Nov. 19 before a large and enthusiastic crowd that included many of his former players at the fieldhouse gym.
“It is a relief,” said Power of achieving the milestone. “It was surreal, like a dream, because I had so many thoughts and emotions that evening. And when the game ended and all the balloons dropped, it felt like New Year’s Eve on Times Square. It was a great night, and I was overwhelmed because I had no idea it’d be like that.”
Power thanked those who brought him to Fenwick in 1992 — former Principal Dr. James Quaid, former Athletic Director Michael Curtin and the late Richard Borsch. He also thanked the current administration, Principal Peter Groom and Athletic Director Scott Thies, for their support.
He didn’t forget to give credit to those responsible for churning out those wins — the players. Power said he was touched by those who came in from all over the country to witness his special achievement.
“I’ve been so blessed with have girls that are gifted and talented,” Power said. “You can see it in their professional lives. We’ve had McDonald’s All-Americans, world champions and first-round WNBA draft picks. But when their playing days are over, they become great women doing wonderful things. It’s great they showed up in force, and it’s a night I’ll never forget.”
Fenwick senior forward Audrey Hinrichs, who finished the game against Taft with eight points and nine rebounds against Taft, said she was thrilled to be part of a team that made history.
“It feels amazing,” she said. “I’ve played with him from travel ball to now and it’s amazing to bring him to this point. He’s most deserving.”
With the 1,000-win achievement behind him, Power said it’s time to concentrate on the season, one that he feels can be special.
“Early on, the season has been like a rollercoaster ride as far as emotions,” he said. “But now that it’s over, we can really focus towards our goals, which are win a conference championship and get back downstate.”