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The New Dean

Dec. 06, 2004
Dec. 06, 2004

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Dec. 6, 2004

SI Adventure
LETTERS
SI Players
MOTOR SPORTS
COLLEGE FOOTBALL
College Football
PRO BASKETBALL
PRO FOOTBALL
HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL
PAINTBALL
Paintball
  • Its origins lie in kids' games, but there's nothing immature about the booming Paintball industry

TRACK AND FIELD
Inside
Inside the NBA
  • Seattle is off to a scorching start thanks to Ray Allen, who's having so much fun he might just stick around for a while

Inside College Basketball
Inside College Football
Inside Motor Sports
Inside the NFL
LIFE OF REILLY
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The New Dean

Harry Statham found a home, and a pile of wins, in the NAIA

When he arrived at McKendree College, a tiny liberal arts school (1,500 students) in Lebanon, Ill., in 1966 to coach men's basketball, Harry Statham had no intention of sticking around. His dream was to coach a high school team to a state championship; he saw the McKendree gig as a stepping stone to that. Four decades later he's still stalking McKendree's sideline--and he's about to become the winningest college coach ever. Last Saturday, McKendree, an NAIA school, beat Freed-Hardeman 78--69 to give Statham, 67, career win number 879, tying him with Dean Smith for the most victories by a coach in any division. "If you coach long enough, those things happen," said Statham, who's never won a national title and reached the NAIA Fab Four only once, in 2003.

This is an article from the Dec. 6, 2004 issue Original Layout

Statham (above left), grew up in Illinois idolizing Adolph Rupp, whom he passed on the win list on Nov. 20, and he modeled his program after the up-tempo Kentucky Wildcats. The Bearcats, who were 8--2 and ranked No. 18 in the NAIA Division I poll at week's end, have topped 20 wins in 29 of Statham's 38 seasons at McKendree and reached the postseason 33 times. Said Statham of reaching the milestone, "I'm just going to be glad when it's over." --A.C.

COLOR PHOTOCHARLES REX ARBOGAST/AP (STATHAM)STAT MAN Guard Brad Fischer (left) helped his coach make history.COLOR PHOTORICK WINDHAM/MCKENDREE COLLEGE (FISCHER) Guard Brad Fischer (left) helped his coach make history.