There’s a new member of the 400 club.
Legendary Pennsylvania prep football coach Jack Henzes became the 16th ever head coach to reach 400 career victories when his Dunmore squad routed Carbondale Area by a score of 46-0. The victory improved Dunmore to 4-1 on the season, the team’s fourth straight win after a season opening loss to Scranton Prep.
A clearly jubilant tracksuit donning Henzes celebrated the milestone victory with both his players, who gave him a Gatorade bath fake-out — they used confetti instead of ice water or a sports drink — and his grandchildren, who presented him with a 400th win banner after the final whistle.
Henzes discussed what the milestone means to him at length earlier this week on the High School Football America Radio Show from USA TODAY High School Sports partner High School Football America.
“I hope that all the players at Wyoming Area and especially at Dunmore will share the experience if I’m fortunate enough to win on Friday night,” Henzes told High School Football America’s Jeff Fisher before the Carbondale game. “They’re the ones who have done the things that have got us to this point. My assistant coaches, many of them have gone on to become head coaches at other schools, and I have a great staff right now that I hope can share everything if the things go right and enjoy this great honor. This is an honor not just for myself, but for our school, our community and all the great players who have played for us in the past.”
As noted by the Times-Tribune, Henzes has served as a high school head coach for 49 years. He earned his first victory in 1966 at Wyoming Area and has led Dunmore since 1971. That’s 45 years at the same Pennsylvania school, three of which concluded with Henzes being honored as the state’s coach of the year for his class, most recently in 2013. Forty-one of his 45 seasons have finished with a winning record, with 15 concluding with 10 or more victories. Henzes has also coached three NFL assistant coaches.
Ahead of them all is Henzes himself after a Friday night in which he joined the very best in fine style.