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Land O'Lakes coach gets win No. 200

The Gators coach picks up the milestone victory in her 15th season on the job.

By STEVE LEE, Times Staff Writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published January 20, 2002


LAND O'LAKES -- Vicky King, the longest-tenured girls soccer coach in the county, reached a career milestone Wednesday in Land O'Lakes' 4-0 shutout of Zephyrhills.

That win, King's 200th in 15 seasons, matched the score -- 4-0 over Tampa Prep in the 1996-97 opener -- of her 100th win.

"Isn't that weird," King said of the identical scores.

"I just think it goes to show she's been around for a while and put together a good program," said River Ridge coach Keith Hooper, who entered Friday's game against Zephyrhills ranked second on the county's all-time win list with 128 in 11 seasons.

True to form, King downplayed the historical mark and did not make her players aware of her personal record.

"I had no idea," Land O'Lakes defender Amanda Gulino said, adding she figured King kept it from her players "so we wouldn't blow it."

"I'd rather have everybody just play the game," King said. "I see the success of my team more than my individual achievements."

Still, King admitted that compiling a 200-102-28 coaching record is "not insignificant. It's an accomplishment. It took 15 years."

Hooper also won 21 games in two seasons coaching the Ridgewood boys soccer team and is the front-runner among county coaches to catch King.

"There's always going to be somebody who's going to pass you," King said.

But considering how long it took her to reach 20, King joked, "no one in their right mind" would coach long enough.

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