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Virginia High School Coach Dies

September 22, 2000

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ Warren Rutledge, one of the winningest high school basketball coaches in the country, has died. He was 69.

Rutledge, who had 949 victories in 43 years at Benedictine High School, died Thursday in Birmingham, Ala., one day after a massive stroke during a fishing trip.

Rutledge retired last season after leading Benedictine to the State Catholic championship for the 26th time. He finished with a 949-334 record _ the highest victory total in state prep history and seventh in the nation, according to the National High School Sports Record Book.

Rutledge was honored earlier in the week with a roast, and played host for a golf tournament to endow a scholarship honoring him.

``He had just had three of the best days of his life,″ Jack Cullather, a longtime friend. ``He had a great round of golf and won the money on the 18th hole.″

Rutledge is survived by his wife, Betty Lou; a son, Warren Jr., of Richmond; and a daughter, Debbie Ochs, of Fairfax.

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