Andy Landers 1 win from 850th at Georgia
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Georgia coach Andy Landers will return to his alma mater on Saturday for a shot at a milestone win.
Landers, in his 36th season at Georgia, will try to become only the seventh Division 1 coach to reach 850 wins at one school when the No. 22 Lady Bulldogs play at Tennessee Tech.
Landers can join a list of some of the biggest names in coaching. The list includes legendary women’s coaches Pat Summitt, who won 1,098 games at Tennessee, and Geno Auriemma, who is still adding to his 881 wins at Connecticut.
Jim Boeheim of Syracuse (952), Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski (916), North Carolina’s Dean Smith (879) and Kentucky’s Adolph Rupp (876) reached the milestone with men’s programs. Boeheim and Krzyzewski remain active.
“I think there are only a handful of us who have dared to stay at the same place for a long time, and we have many of the same things in common,” Landers said. “We are all in special places. We all want to be successful. We’ve been blessed with assistants and administrators and support that could make that success possible. And we’ve been doubly-blessed with the fact that we’ve all had more than our fair share of great players.”
Georgia (6-0) is coming off wins over Georgia Tech, Georgia Southern and Colgate in a span of four days.
Landers earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in physical education from Tennessee Tech in 1973 and 1974, respectively.
After leaving Tennessee Tech in 1974, Landers coached at Roane State (junior) College, in Harriman, Tennessee, for four seasons. He was 26 when he took the Georgia job in 1979.