John Truhan realized something Tuesday night after the Central Regional girls basketball team’s 44-38 win at Pinelands Regional gave him the 300th win of his distinguished head coaching career.
“I feel old,” Truhan said with a laugh.
Truhan (300-122) has had success at three different schools during his 17-season coaching career.
He began his head coaching career at Toms River South, where the Indians advanced to the NJSIAA Group III championship game in 2001.
He then went to Colts Neck and built the Cougars into a state power. Colts Neck won the Shore Conference Tournament in 2008 and became the first Monmouth County public school to advance to the NJSIAA Tournament of Champions final in 2009, where it was defeated by St. John Vianney.
He is in his sixth season at Central.
“I’m very thankful to have had great players, Division I players and other who gave 100 percent,” Truhan said. “I’m just a math teacher who has been fortunate to coach over 16 years.”
One of the neat things for Truhan in reaching this milestone is he reached it two weeks after his close friend, Tom Brennan, of Middletown South reached the milestone in the WOBM Christmas Classic semifinal against Red Bank Catholic.
“The first text I got was from him (Brennan),” Truhan said. “I did the same thing when he was playing RBC. I was the first one to call him. I couldn’t ask for a better friend/brother. We’ve been great friends since 1999. We bounced ideas off each other and we are each other’s biggest fans. He is my greatest ally.”
Senior forward Katelyn Kuster led Central (4-3), which built a 27-10 halftime lead, with 20 points. She scored 17 of Central’s first 22 points and also had eight rebounds.
“Kuster played well,” Truhan said. “She really drove to the hoop (Tuesday night) and had extra pop in her step,” Truhan said. “The greatest compliment for a coach is to see a player go out there like that. She was really geared up for this game. It’s an honor to coach her.”
Jackie Bobinski added eight points and eight rebounds and Sara Wilbur had seven assists.
IN BOYS BASKETBALL
BRICK MEMORIAL 59, TOMS RIVER NORTH 47: Senior guard Aaron Scheiderman had a game-high 17 points while senior forward Joe Hans added 12 points and senior forward R.J. Hernandez and senior guard Scott White each added 10 points as the Mustangs (5-3, 4-1) edged the previouisly unbeaten Mariners (9-1, 4-1) in a Class A South game. Toms River North senior guard Evan Martin had 13 points while junior guard Pat Marinaccio supplied 10 points and sophomore guard Darrion Carrington had seven points. Toms River North was the last unbeaten boys basketball team in the Shore Conference this season.
TOMS RIVER SOUTH 54, JACKSON MEMORIAL 53: Toms River South’s Tymere Berry had 26 points as the Indians (4-4, 2-2) edged the Jaguars (3-5, 2-3) in a Class A South game. Jackson Memorial’s Jimmy Markham had 12 points and Ryan Omslaer added 11 points.
RED BANK 60, LONG BRANCH 41: Senior guard Anthony Mitchell made six three-pointers and finished with a game-high 22 points and senior guard Justin Gilson added 12 points as the No. 6 Bucs (8-1, 5-1) defeated the Green Wave (0-8, 0-5). Long Branch’s Cacsius Briggs had 15 points and Tyree Morris added 11 points.
Steven Falk contributed to this report