Basketball Coach at Abington Friends School Claims 600th Win


The legendary basketball coach at Abington Friends School nets his 600th victory.

Steve Chadwin, affectionately known by his phys ed students and the basketball players he coaches at Abington Friends School as "Mr. C," was Mr. Cool on Saturday, netting his 600th win as the team beat Masterman High, 58-36.

A decades-long coach at the school, where he has scored 16 Friends School League Championships, Chadwin was inducted into the Philadelphia Jewish Sports Hall of Fame last spring. Naturally elated after Saturday's historic romp, he shared the credit "with a wonderful school administration without whom this never could have happened" as well as assistant coaches and great players throughout the years — many of whom return to visit him.

With a winning average at some 70 percent, this long-ago alum of the Jewish Junior Basketeball League has received plaudits for his focus not only on the game but the intrinsic moral values one needs to win at life as well.

“Steve is invaluable for his vision of education and development of character for his varsity basketball players,” Rich Nourin, the head of Abington Friends School, said when Chadwin was inducted into the Jewish sports hall of fame. 

“Much as he has a fierce competitive drive and tremendous creative skill as a basketball coach, he stands out most among his peers for being an educator first and one who lifts up all aspects of the academic and community experience for his players as being indispensable for their full development as students, athletes and people.”

Chadwin's win will be officially celebrated by the school later on this season.

When asked when win number 700 will come, Chadwin just looked skyward and laughed — and dashed off to an awaiting class.


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