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Cloverdale’s Pat Rady Named ‘14 NFHS National Coach Of The Year

Staff Report


Pat Rady Pat Rady Cloverdale’s Pat Rady, the state’s winningest active coach with 749 wins in 51 years, has been named the 2014 National Coach of the Year in boys’ basketball by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS).

A total of twenty-one high school coaches from across the country were selected as 2014 National Coaches of the Year by the NFHS.

The NFHS, which has been recognizing coaches through an awards program since 1982, honors coaches in the top 10 girls sports and top 10 boys sports (by participation numbers), and in one “other” sport that is not included in the top 10 listings. The NFHS also recognizes a Spirit coach as a separate award category. Winners of NFHS awards must be active coaches during the year for which they receive their award. This year’s awards recognize coaches for the 2013-14 school year.

Rady’s coaching career began in 1964 at Bainbridge. He went on to guide successful varsity boys’ basketball teams at Southmont, Winchester, Shelbyville, Terre Haute South and Cloverdale. He’s coached 19 sectional champions, eight regional champions and was at the helm for four final eight appearances in three different semi-states, and one final four. He was honored to serve as coach of the 1989 Indiana All-Star Team and, during the course of his remarkable career, has coached five Indiana All- Stars and two future NBA players.

Terre Haute South recently named its basketball court in honor of the legendary coach. The words “Pat Rady Court” were painted on to the court on each sideline. His name is painted in red with a blackand white outline, but the most prominent feature was the illustration of the rolled up game program next to his name, a trademark of Rady’s coaching career.

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