CHESTERFIELD, Va. (WWBT) - L.C. Bird head boy’s basketball coach Troy Manns isn’t one for boasting about his personal milestones, but he has plenty of family and friends to do it for him.
Manns led the Skyhawks to a victory over Cosby on Monday night, reaching win number 200 as a head coach. At first, the head Hawk didn’t realize the accomplishment, but a quick look at his phone following the triumph brought him up to speed.
“I had about maybe 200 text messages [Monday] night,” said Manns. “It’s college coaches, former teammates and former players and it’s just a great honor. I’m very proud and appreciative of it.”
Manns is in his tenth season as L.C. Bird’s head coach. His most memorable of the 200 wins is likely the 2017 state championship game victory, in which the Skyhawks topped Bethel to claim the Class 5 crown. Bird would finish the season 27-1.
His tenure at the school has seen plenty of success, but it’s also seen him take a focus of growing his players as people, not just in basketball.
“Yes, I like winning. I do and I’m as competitive as anybody else, but I think for me, and for our program here, I think developing young men has been the most important thing for us,” Manns noted. “When those guys call me back or text me and tell me funny stories from things we might have gone through, it’s really appreciative.”
L.C. Bird is 5-0 on the season after Tuesday night’s win at Clover Hill. With a condensed season, high school teams have seen more games each week, though the head coach says that’s been just fine with his players.
“The kids love playing games more than they love practice,” he chuckled. “Not having to practice is a plus for them and a minus for us as coaches.”
The Skyhawks are back in action on Friday night as they travel to Manchester.
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