Edgewood’s Carr collects 500th career victoryPublished 8:48pm Monday, March 31, 2014
To count to 500, you start with one.
Edgewood’s 7-6 victory against Glenwood at Billy Skinner Field Monday notched the 500th win in head coach Bobby Carr’s 18-year career. After six years at New Life Christian and now in his 12th season with the Wildcats, Carr said all his players and assistant coaches, from the beginning to now, got him to where he is.
“It’s a great day,” Carr said, holding his commemorative plaque. “Today was 500 but it goes all the way back to when I first started and those guys–they are the ones that got it going. It’s just an honor to be standing here today.”
The journey to 500 wins for Carr only took 18 years, a clip of almost 28 games a season. Since 2006, Carr has guided Edgewood to 238 victories and five AISA state championships. The attitude and approach, Carr said, of his players and assistant coaches has sustained the team’s success.
“Bringing in a guy like (Scott) Tubbs on board as an assistant,” Carr said. “He’s been a head coach for 12 years, but he didn’t just come in to be an assistant, he came in to make our program better. It all goes to him and then, most importantly, it goes to the players from day one.
“My kids show up everyday with the attitude that they want to get better. That’s what it’s about. We’ve got something special going on here at Edgewood. Fortunately, I’m just blessed with a lot of good players and some great assistant coaches. Hopefully, we can continue on.”
Current Wildcat and Jacksonville State University signee Taylor Hawthorne said it was special to see his coach reach 500 wins.
“I’ve been with coach Carr since the eighth-grade,” Hawthorne said. “He’s more like a dad to me than a coach. I’m with him more than I am with my own family. Seeing him come out with a 500th win and being a part of it, it means a lot to me.”
Knowing Carr was sitting on 499 added a little more pressure to win Monday at home, Hawthorne said.
“In the back of our minds the whole game, we knew if we come out with this win it’s coach’s 500th victory,” the senior said. “I’m just glad we came out with a victory.”
But Edgewood nearly succumbed to the pressure, giving away a five-run lead in the late stages of the game. Trailing 6-5 entering the bottom of the sixth, the ‘Cats regained the lead after Hawthorne stole home.
“I think they wanted to see me get on the edge a little bit,” Carr said. “I was kind of laid back, then we gave up a five-run lead. But we found a way and that’s what good teams do. Always got to fight through a little adversity.”
Counting up to 500 wins left Carr with one realization.
“I guess this just means I’m getting old,” he joked.