Sometimes, rewards are bountiful in the twilight of a coach's career, and that's true for Don Gregg, Severna Park's boys soccer coach.
In his 29th season as the Falcons' coach, Gregg was presented his 300th career win last night as No. 7 Severna Park won at Annapolis, 4-0.
After a scoreless first half, Andy Ennema, Greg Fenton and Buddy Laque got goals within six minutes midway through the second half and Ryan Collier capped the scoring as Gregg (300-108-13) became the first public schools boys coach in the metro area to reach the milestone.
Retired Calvert Hall coach Bill Karpovich won 422 games.
Just last year, Gregg earned his first outright state title, beating Dulaney, 1-0, in the 3A final. It was his ninth trip to a state title game. His 1983 team tied Bowie, 1-1, in double overtime for a state co-championship.
"Just put the RIP [rest in peace] up because I might die of pneumonia," said a drenched Gregg after his players doused him with water.
"They didn't even do this after the state championship," he added.
Jim Ensor, who played goalie for Gregg and is now his assistant, said 300 wins means "consistency and stability. And he [Gregg] encourages team bonding."
The Falcons were proud to be a part of the milestone last night at the Annapolis stadium named for Ensor's late father, Richard, a former Panthers athletic director.
"It's great. We love playing for Coach Gregg and it's actually an honor to help him get his 300th," said senior midfielder Craig Schneider. "He wouldn't be such a good coach if he couldn't relate to us."