TERRE HAUTE —
A few weeks ago, Pat Rady embarked on his 50th year as a head basketball coach. Last weekend, he punctuated his landmark season at Cloverdale High School in Putnam County with the 724th victory of his stellar career, a mark that makes him the second winningest coach — and tops among active coaches — in Indiana basketball.
It’s a remarkable achievement, and he appears to be going strong.
Rady has a long coaching history, including a lengthy stint at Terre Haute South Vigo High School. The coach he surpassed with his most recent victory was none other than the late Howard Sharpe, who had a storied career as coach at Gerstmeyer before becoming the first coach in the consolidation era at Terre Haute North Vigo High School.
Sharpe recorded 723 coaching victories and was tops on the list until Loogootee High School’s Jack Butcher passed him. Butcher, now retired, still holds the mark for most coaching victories with 806.
We are among those who are standing and cheering enthusiastically for Coach Rady this week as he celebrates his accomplishment. Rady is still a resident of Terre Haute, so having two hometown boys at the top of the coaching list is a special kind of bragging right for fans of Wabash Valley basketball.
For John, it’s not over ’til it’s over
Speaking of local sports figures, we were disappointed that Terre Haute-born pitcher Tommy John did not receive enough votes on Monday from the Veterans Committee for induction into Major League Baseball’s Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y.
John, a Gerstmeyer grad, pitched in the majors for 26 seasons and won 288 games. He will be considered again by the Veterans Committee in 2016. We join the community in hoping for better results when that day arrives.
Reader poll results
Recently, the Reader Poll at Tribstar.com asked:
Should Indiana change its law to allow retail alcohol sales on Sundays?
Results: 351 votes were cast.
• Yes — 185 votes, 52.71 percent
• No — 159 votes, 45.3 percent
• Undecided — 7 votes, 1.99 percent