Sunday, December 29, 2013

Westchester's Azzam wins #800 and #801 on same day

by Jeff Fisher
Host, NHSCA Sports Hour
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Congratulations go out today to Westchester High School's (Los Angeles) boys' head basketball coach Ed Azzam, who joined the very elite 800 Wins Club.  In fact, Azzam, who has coached the Comets since 1979 won #800 by defeating Alemany 74-67 in the MaxPreps Holiday Classic in Palm Springs, California and then a several hours later, he won #801 with a victory of Issaquah High from Washington.

Azzam becomes the sixth coach in California to reach the 800 win plateau.  He's now two wins shy of tying Crenshaw's Willie West as the all-time winningest coach in the LA City Section with 803 victories.

California All-Time Coaching Victories List 

1. Gary McKnight (Mater Dei) - 960
2. Mike Phelps (Alameda St. Joseph, Oakland Bishop O'Dowd) - 843
3. Lou Cvijanovich (Oxnard Santa Clara) - 829
4. Willie West (Los Angeles Crenshaw) - 803
5. Abe Abrami (Emeryville Emery) - 802

Azzam and Gary McKnight of Mater Dei are the only coaches still active on the above list.

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