STOCKBRIDGE — Around Henry County, one program has been able to find success as the underdogs this year following a historic Elite Eight run but the milestones haven’t stopped yet for Stockbridge.
This year, head coach Rodney Latham was confirmed to reach 100 career coaching wins. The milestone came against one of Stockbridge’s biggest opponents in Dutchtown.
Latham said that he knew he was close the milestone but had a great chance to reach the milestone at some point in the season.
”I wasn’t quite sure when it would be — but after the accurate calculation was done, the 100th came on probably our biggest win of the season thus far at Dutchtown,” Latham said. “I didn’t discuss it with the team, as that is secondary to the teams’ success and we still have our goals to accomplish.”
Even with goals left to reach this year, Latham said that reaching 100 career coaching wins with Stockbridge was a blessing.
“I thank God for the opportunity to be in this position to not only have an impact on my players on the court but off the court as well,” Latham said. “It’s a been an amazing journey here as head basketball coach of Stockbridge High and my 100th victory is a testament to the hard work and dedication of all of my past and current players as well as my coaching staff. The support and belief from the school and community as well as my family and loved ones were also instrumental. And to top it off, the milestone was reached on my sons seventh birthday and he is one of the Tigers’ biggest fans. Just a great moment in my young coaching career.”
This season has been turbulent for Stockbridge as their search for playmakers early in the year found the usually strong team in the middle of the standings, however, the team has come alive late as a playoff push appears to be on the table. Latham acknowledges that his team struggled early in the season.
“I scheduled a tough non-region schedule so we could be battle-tested,” Latham said. “The coaching staff spent a lot of time teaching and finding ways to put guys in position to be successful. We have experienced a lot of adversity but the one thing is we haven’t quit. The team has bought in and they are giving me everything they have which is all I can ask for. It’s not how you start, it’s how you finish. We are working to position ourselves in the region tournament, win one game and make another run at state.”