CENTERBURG — To get to 300 wins, it takes hard work, dedication and, most of all, passion.
Centerburg girls basketball coach Todd Nauman has put in the time and effort needed to make his teams successful, but it’s been that passion that has set him apart from other coaches.
“There’s a certain intensity he brings to every game, every practice, every situation — even in life — that is so special and something that I haven’t come across a whole lot in my life,” said Sheena Griffith, who played for Nauman from 1998 through 2001. “Playing for him was thoroughly enjoyable and something I will definitely always remember. I feel fortunate to have gotten to play for him.”
“It was definitely fun (playing for him). He’s definitely one of my favorite coaches I’ve ever had,” said Mackenzie Stoyle, who played for Nauman from 2009-12. “He pushed us to our limit and farther. I think that’s why we were successful. It was definitely tough, but it was worth it.”
Nauman picked up his 300th career girls basketball victory Tuesday at Centerburg with a 47-32 win over Danville. This is his 20th season as girls coach at Centerburg, taking over the reins in 1988 after a couple years as boys coach. He stepped down after the 2002 season, but came back on board in 2009 and now has a record of 300-147 as a girls coach.
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