Pat Eidson became only the fourth boys' basketball coach to reach 700 career victories this morning when his Pinewood Prep team defeated Manning 78-42 in a consolation game of the 19th annual Piggly Wiggly Roundball Classic at North Charleston High School.
"This is special," said Eidson after his team ended a three-game losing streak and upped its record to 6-5. "Pinewood has been a big part of the Roundball Classic, so it was good to get it here. But I'd rather it be for first place rather than seventh place."
Pinewood has played in 12 Roundball Classics. He has 13 Roundball victories and led the Panthers to two runners-up finishes.
Eidson began coaching in 1979. He was the coach at Easley Christian when he gained his first victory.
He's only 55 years old and said his ultimate goal is to win 1,000 career games.
Blake Hall, the first-year coach of North Charleston, was in attendance when Eidson gained No. 700. Hall was on the Pinewood team when Eidson reached career win no. 300 in the late 1990s.
"He's the reason I'm here today," Hall said. "He's the reason I am a coach. He inspired me to get into coaching. A lot of people know he's a great coach but he's a better person. And that's saying something since he has 700 career wins."