Richlands football manager Mike Roed earns No. 700 win
Richlands football manager Mike Roed had already waited three weeks to reach a milestone, so needing an extra 20 minutes wasn’t too bad.
It turned out the extra time was just over 15 minutes, but a 4-1 overtime victory at White Oak on Tuesday officially became his 700th career coaching victory.
“I didn’t think of 700,” he said. “The girls yes, but not me. I just tried to take one game at a time.
Roed now has 169 wins with the women’s team and 531 with the men’s team.
Victory No. 699 came on April 5 in a 3-2 overtime victory at home to White Oak. One-goal home losses to Croatan and Dixon and spring break meant Roed had to wait a bit to reach 700.
“The last two games we tried to get it and we just weren’t lucky,” Richlands senior Emma Lapan said. “But we got it for Coach Roed. He’s a great coach and as a senior I’m happy to be part of his 700th win.
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Roed is a 1989 Jacksonville graduate who played football for former longtime coach Ron Holtsford. His goal was to one day become a high school coach.
That job came in 1993, when he arrived at Richlands and became the boys’ football coach. He took over the women’s team in 1996 and laid the foundation for state championships in 2000 and 2001 under coach PJ McManus.
Roed returned to coaching the girls five years ago.
“I’m just happy to be part of this team and this community,” Roed said. “And it is the children who play and win the games. I’m right here.
Roed smiled and looked away from himself, focusing on his team when asked what it meant to win his 700th game.
Tuesday’s victory saw junior Caitlynn Guarino, senior Emily Pratt and second Baleigh Hollenbeck all score in overtime, taking the Wildcats to 7-7-1 overall and 3-2 in the Coastal 3-A Conference. The game was stopped with just under 5 minutes to play due to bad weather.
“Getting 700 wins just means I’ve been doing this for a long time,” Roed said. “I have been fortunate to have many great players, great coaches and great people in the community who have all contributed to the Richlands soccer program. We always say this program is family friendly.
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