“It was a tremendous honor to be blessed to receive all of your wins at one particular high school—a high school that is very dear to me and where I got my high school career started,” said Rogers, who is in his 17th season as head coach.
With the Lions’ 92-54 win, Rogers’ coaching record improved to 400-86.
“My players were trying to keep a secret like they didn’t know the next win would be my 400th,” Rogers said. “Then before the game, a couple of them said ‘I got you this game coach. We are going to make sure we get it for you.’ It was special.”
But the coach was clear that this goal was not as important as accomplishing two others.
“I really try not to bring up any accomplishments or milestones of mine during the season because I don’t want to take the focus off of our goals for the team,” Rogers said. “The team goals are to win the region and a state championship.”
Even though Rogers has a lengthy tenure at Westlake, he was not the first coach to reach the historic mark at the school since Hilda Hankerson, the girls’ basketball coach, earned her 400th win in January of last year.
“She congratulated me,” Rogers said. “The milestone is not something coaches look at lightly and she expressed that she knows how much time you put in, and how much sacrifice you have put in with your family and stuff in order to meet a milestone like that.”
Rogers’ current win total is now at 404 and the Lions are 6-0 heading into the Memphis vs. Atlanta Tournament in Tennessee this weekend. Westlake is scheduled to face the Arlington Tigers on Friday and the Ridgeway Roadrunners on Saturday.
Last season in the tournament, Westlake defeated Memphis Central but fell short to Briarcrest Christian.
“Last year was the first year they took it to Memphis,” Rogers said. “Revelle Williams, one of my assistants at one time, started the tournament and we’ve been a part of it since then.”