Unversity of Tampa volleyball coach eyes 1,000 wins

- Since the end of last season, University of Tampa volleyball coach Chris Catanach has been sitting on 999 wins.

He could win his 1,000th career match Friday, as the Spartans open up their 2016 campaign.

"I'm going to be totally honest with you," said Catanach. "It means I've been coaching for a long time."

Catanach is entering his 33rd season with the Spartans.

Only two other Division II coaches have 1,000 wins. With one more victory, Catanach will become the 8th coach in all NCAA divisions to reach the mark.

"Don't get me wrong, I'm going to be very proud of it some day," said Catanach. "Right now, I'm not as focused on it as I am just the day-to-day and making this team better and hopefully achieving some goals."

"It's just another great pillar to stand on that, you know, we've got a coach who has though enough of the university," said UT athletic director Larry Marfise. "He's without a doubt the best coach I've been around."

All 999 of Coach Catanach's wins are with the Spartans. Two of them are national championships from the 2006 and 2014 seasons.

He's never been the one to focus too much on numbers.

"I really do think if you get caught up in trying to achieve these things, they actually become roadblocks," said Catanach. "You're a little clouded in your thinking and decision-making, and I don't want to be that way. I'd rather make the right decisions for our kids and and our team."

"I've got to keep my focus on the kids and who I'm working with and what I'm doing as opposed to personal success. It's not going to be that important."

If you ask him, the important successes are the ones we don't see in the record books.

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