March 19 - With his team’s 5-1 win over visiting Paul VI Catholic this afternoon, Flint Hill coach Tom Verbanic passed former longtime W.T. Woodson skipper R. Lee Knupp for seventh in career victories among Northern Virginia coaches.
The win was the 389th for Verbanic, who is in his 26th season as a head coach and his ninth at the Oakton private school. He is 154-60 at Flint Hill, having previously served as the coach at Langley in 1984 and Fairfax from 1985-2000.
Verbanic trails retired coaches Tom Hall (437), Ron Tugwell (431) and Del Norwood (420) and three active coaches - Loudoun Valley’s Wayne Todd (497), Mike Covington (444) and Mark ‘Pudge’ Gjormand (414) - on the area’s all-time victories list. Knupp, who was inducted in W.T. Woodson’s Athletics Hall of Fame in January, led the Cavaliers to 388 wins and two Group AAA state championships during his 27-year tenure from 1967-93.
In today’s win, the Huskies (4-1), senior right-hander Alex Walsh scattered two hits and allowed one run in five innings and had two hits. George Rizzo also had two hits and Joey Thomas drove in two runs. The Panthers (1-4) were paced by Devon Zavacky, who had two of their three hits.
Verbanic also has 234 wins as an area football coach at Fairfax, Westfield and Flint Hill. He led the Bulldogs to Group AAA state titles in 2003 and 2007, and this past fall led the Huskies to a VISAA Division I state championship.
Note: Win totals for active coaches through tonight’s games.
Photo of Tom Verbanic courtesy of Flint Hill Athletics