Since 1987, Neal Goldman has dedicated his life to maintaining a high level of excellence and value as head basketball coach at Jesuit High.
In that time, he’s coached hundreds of players, formed lasting relationships with dozens of families, and in 2013, won his first state championship.
And on Tuesday night, the longtime coach entered rare company, earning his 500th career victory when his Tigers defeated Robinson 48-43 to clinch the top seed in Class 5A-District 9.
“It’s really an emotional thing,” said Goldman, who has spent his entire coaching career at Jesuit. “Honestly, this is not a personal achievement. This is so many great players over the years, this is so many excellent assistant coaches, great fan support, great administration and very much a team effort.
“It’s not a personal achievement, the 500th win, obviously it’s the people that have been around me that have helped with this.”
Goldman became only the sixth coach in Hillsborough County to reach the milestone, joining current Tampa Prep coach Joe Fenlon (683); former Robinson and Bayshore Christian coach Herman Valdes (582); Jan Bennett, who achieved 574 wins at four high schools; former Middleton coach William Bethel (551); and former Chamberlain coach Doug Aplin (516).