Brookport's Harry Statham was honored Sunday night with the National Association of Basketball Coaches' (NABC) Golden Anniversary Hillyard Award.
The award was presented during the AT&T NABC Guardians of the Game Awards Show as part of the Final Four Weekend. The award acknowledges Statham's long and outstanding service to college basketball.
The NABC is located in Kansas City and was founded in 1927 by legendary Kansas coach Forrest "Phog" Allen. The NABC is credited with hosting the first national tournament in 1939. The tournament lost $2,500, but the potential was there. The NABC's second national tournament made $9500, and the coaches association asked the NCAA to take over the tournament to ease the time constraints on its coaches. The rest is history.
Statham ended his storied career at McKendree with 1,635 games at the helm and an eye-popping 1122 wins.
Statham is widely known for his coaching philosophy: "Win with good people. Get character first and talent second. With those around you, you can build. We were able to get good kids who played well and graduated."
Sounds a bit old fashioned doesn't it?