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February 23, 2014

Clinton's Daugherty captures 400th career coaching victory

PLATTSBURGH — Clinton Community College men’s basketball coach Kevin Daugherty reached a pretty lofty milestone Saturday afternoon.

Daugherty has had two coaching jobs in his career — the first with the Plattsburgh High varsity boys and the second at Clinton.

Saturday, Daugherty picked up the 400th victory of his career when the Cougars rolled to a 97-61 home win over SUNY Adirondack.

“I’ve had a lot of good players over the years and the kids have been dedicated to playing basketball,” Daugherty said. “I’ve also had some really good assistant coaches who have helped me. I’m fortunate to have Ed Jones and Bob Boissy now at Clinton.

“It’s also nice to have a wife who allows you to coach long enough like I have. Believe me, I’m married to an angel.”

Daugherty spent 17 years as boys’ basketball coach at Plattsburgh High and won eight division championships and nine Section VII titles during that time.

He has been Clinton’s coach the past nine years and is enjoying an outstanding season in 2013-14.

“Certainly longevity helps out when you win 400 games,” Daugherty said. “It says a lot for perseverance. There have been a lot of ups and downs, but I feel I have a pretty good handle with the highs and lows.

“At Plattsburgh High, there was a lot of tradition before I got there, when I was a player there and after I graduated. There are a million people the last nine years who have asked me if I made the right choice going to Clinton.

“I was ready for a change after being at Plattsburgh for so long. I always wanted to be a college coach and I wanted the challenge of coaching at Clinton. We’re way up here in the North Country and it’s not easy to recruit. But I like the challenge.”

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