WATERVILLE, N.Y. - Waterville Indians girls basketball coach Larry Stockwell became the third coach to reach 500 career Section III girls basketball wins after his team took down Sauquoit Valley 43-15 at home, Tuesday.
Stockwell has been coaching since 1978, originally at Oriskany Falls before that school merged into Waterville and has been there ever since.
"There's a lot of great young ladies that have played for me over the years," said Stockwell. "[I've] had a lot of support from the parents and community because that's a long time and a lot of games."
Following the victory, the school announced that the floor in their gym will be known moving forward as Larry Stockwell Court.
"That is fantastic, that floored me [when they announced that], he said. "There's no other way to say it. It won't hit me for a few days, there's no question about that."
After falling to Central Valley Academy last week at home, the Indians were scheduled to play tonight against Sauquoit Valley on the road. However, Sauquoit school officials agreed to move the game to Waterville so that Stockwell could celebrate the potential milestone victory on his home court with the stands packed.
"I was floored on Friday when they said they were going to move the game," said Stockwell. "[The Sauquoit Valley coaches and administrators] are just fantastic people."
He also had high praise for the people of Waterville who have embraced him over the years, saying that it meant a lot to have so many people there to share in his special moment (even if he wanted the players, not him, to be the center of attention).
"This is a great community to be around," Stockwell said. "The people are very supportive, they love their sports, and are very supportive of everybody. It's been a lot of fun."
He also added that he feels as though the team is starting to click at the right time and are figuring out what they need to do to be successful.
Stockwell's historic win puts his Indians at 11-6 overall this year, and in third place in the Center State Conference's Division III.