With No. 9 Johns Hopkins' 14-5 dismantling of visiting Michigan on Saturday, Dave Pietramala joined some rare company.
Pietrmala became only the sixth Division I coach to win 150 games at one school. Pietramala, who is 150-50 in 14 seasons with the Blue Jays, joined Delaware's Bob Shillinglaw (283 wins), Virginia's Dom Starsia (252), Notre Dame's Kevin Corrigan (242), Syracuse's John Desko (189) and Massachusetts' Greg Cannella (174).
Asked about the achievement on Wednesday morning, Pietramala was self-deprecating, per usual.
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“It means I’ve been here a while,” he quipped. “I think in today’s day and age with the pressure that coaches are under in all sports and the challenges that all coaches deal with, to be here for 14 years is something that I’m very proud of. I’m a Hopkins guy, and I am privileged to have the opportunity to be the leader of the Hopkins program and represent our alumni and our university and our kids. So what it means to me is that I’ve been there a while. I didn’t even know, to be quite frank with you, until somebody said it after the game. I’m not a guy that follows that stuff. I’ve never been a streaks guy, I’ve never been a records guy. Since that’s the case, I’m not going to start following my own record.”
Pietramala’s accomplishment is a testament to his longevity there, but fewer and fewer college coaches get the time to turning around a struggling program or help a team bounce back from an off year. The dwindling amount of job security in coaching circles is a stressful aspect of any coach’s career, but Pietramala said he doesn’t worry about that.
“I believe in who and what I am,” he said. “I believe in the people that I working alongside of me. I’m very privileged to have guys like [associate head coach] Bill Dwan, [offensive coordinator] Bobby Benson, [assistant coach] Dave Allan, our training staff, [head athletic trainer] Brad Mountcastle, [strength coach] Jay Dyer. I’ve got great people around me, and maybe that’s the smartest thing I’ve ever done, surrounding myself with good people. Maybe that’s the best thing I’ve done.
"You can’t do your job looking over your shoulder. I understand what the expectation at Hopkins is, and I embrace it. I knew it as a player, and I know it as coach, and the hope is that you meet those expectations on a daily, weekly, monthly and seasonal basis. It’s what makes it an exciting job. But no, I don’t look over my shoulder. If Johns Hopkins is ever unhappy with the way I’m doing my job, they’ll ask me to leave. But I don’t think about that. I’ve got a lot of other things to worry about.”