Keith Stroud doesn’t like the attention on himself.
But for one night, he made an exception. He didn’t have a choice.
The longtime University Christian girls basketball coach hit career win No. 500 with a 66-53 win over Providence on Jan. 8.
Stroud, who is 500-119 in his 21 seasons at UC, was honored following the game by the administration and both current and former players.
“I kind of like to hide in the background, to be honest with you, let that [recognition] go to the kids,” Stroud said. “But I did, I really appreciated it. It showed that they appreciated the hard work I and other coaches have put into it, that was nice.”
Under Stroud, UC has been one of the most successful teams in the state. The Christians have reached the state playoffs 17 consecutive seasons, a mark that ranks second in area history to only Ribault (24), and in the top six in state history.
Those 17 playoff berths have all come with district titles. At 21-1, UC has its best team in years and are a favorite to reach just its second state semifinal in school history.
“We have a shot to get there,” Stroud said. “The goal this year is to get past the regional final. It’ll be tough, we know that. We’re just trying to get them to grab ahold of this moment and hang on.”