Want to know how long Dave Troiano has been coaching girls basketball at Wildwood High School?
Monday’s home game against Ocean City will be his 1,000th game as coach.
Troiano, in his 39th season, takes a career record of 676-323 into the contest with the Raiders. He is far and away the all-time wins leader among South Jersey high school girls basketball coaches and will be one of four high school girls basketball coaches in the state to have coached at least 1,000 career games. The others are Pascack Valley’s Jeff Jasper (980-188), Holy Angels’ Sue Liddy (726-277) and Union Catholic’s Kathy Matthews (697-312). All three of those coaches are also active.
Troiano has guided Wildwood to a combined 14 Cape-Atlantic and Tri-County division or conference titles, eight South Jersey championships and four state championships.
Troiano has held the honor of being the CAL’s all-time coaching wins leader for girls basketball for almost 15 years after the school left the league for the Tri-County Conference after the 2001-02 season. He went 433-186 in 24 seasons in the CAL. Wildwood Catholic’s Steve DiPatri tied Troiano with his 433rd career CAL coaching victory with a win over Overbrook on Sunday.
Troiano, a retired history teacher at Wildwood High School, began coaching at Wildwood in the early 1970s as an assistant boys coach, first under Bernie McCracken and later under Mike Coront. He then took over the girls program for the 1977-78 season.
Wildwood is currently enjoying one of its best seasons. The Lady Warriors take a record of 18-2 into Monday’s game with unbeaten Ocean City, which enters the game ranked among the top five in South Jersey in virtually every media poll. Wildwood, winners of 13 straight games, has earned the No. 1 seed for the South Jersey Group I Tournament later this month.
Troiano is a member of the Al Carino Basketball Club of South Jersey Hall of Fame.