TRCC Coach Could Win Game # 1,000

FEBRUARY 18, 2006 - Posted at 4:55 p.m.

POPLAR BLUFF, MO - A coaching legend in Poplar Bluff could reach 1,000 wins tonight.

Gene Bess is 999-and-257 in 36 seasons at Three Rivers Community College in the southeast Missouri town.

The Raiders are on the road at rival Mineral Area Community College in Park Hills for the potential milestone game.

Bess downplays the number, but no collegiate coach has ever won one-thousand games. He credits assistant coaches and players for helping him get to this point.

Bess' teams have won two national championships, and he's never had a losing record.

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