Jeff Jaspers, the longtime coach of girls basketball at Pascack Valley High School, celebrated his 900th victory with the team Saturday.
Jasper said the 65-21 win over Dumont — or any other win — was not specifically important, but the occassion was a good opportunity to reflect on the students he has worked with over the years.
"It's pretty special for me," Jasper said. "The number doesn't mean anything, but the kids are great to be around.
The team held a celebration for Jasper after the game which included some former students going back many years. The people are the most important part, Jasper said.
This is Jasper's 40th year with the team. He started the girls basketball program at PV and racked up the wins over time, with the team generally playing about 25 games each year.
Jasper claims he isn't even a "great coach," but after 900 wins, he seems to have figured out something about coaching. He has the most wins of any high school girls basketball coach in state history.
Jasper began working at PV after returning from Vietnam, where a "moment of epiphany" inspired him to "do something to make a difference," he said.
"Pascack Valley is an amazing place to coach and teach," Jasper said, noting the community, students and his coworkers as being responsible for cultivating a positive environment.
"I'm a pretty fortunate guy," Jasper said.
So what's next for the coach with 900 wins? Jasper said he doesn't know, beyond practice this afternoon.