Mike Strong wins 800th game

Courtesy of Scranton Athletics

Mike Strong is the 10th women's basketball coach among all NCAA divisions to win 800 games.

Mike Strong of the University of Scranton became the first Division III women's coach to win 800 games as Scranton beat Juniata 75-57 on Saturday.

Strong has coached Scranton for the past 34 years.

"It's a little bit of relief, and I'm grateful for the opportunity today," Strong said in a statement released by the school. "It wasn't a secret that this might happen and there are so many people who played a part in this. I'm just glad we got it at home and on alumni day."

Strong reached the landmark Saturday in front of more than 30 former Lady Royals on Scranton basketball alumni weekend.

"I knew people were applauding me or the situation, and I just wanted to relish this moment," he said. "I don't know how much longer I'll be coaching, so it's a fitting tribute to do it when so many people are back today."

Strong is the 10th women's basketball coach in all NCAA divisions to reach 800 career wins, a list that includes Tennessee's Pat Summit, Connecticut's Geno Auriemma, Rutgers' C. Vivian Stringer and North Carolina's Sylvia Hatchell.

Strong has led Scranton to 18 conference titles, eight Final Four appearances and the 1985 national championship.

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