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Fred Williams hits 700 career wins

On February 13th, 2022, Starters Coach Fred Williams has joined the 700-win club as just the 2nd coach of any Men's or Women's Basketball Coach to do so in CT ...

The 3-Win Road to Fame

Win #698

In a 68-44 Win vs Kennedy HS, Coach Fred Williams secures his 698th win.

Win #699

In a 53-44 win vs Gilbert HS, Coach Williams inches closer to #700.

Win #700

A 57-23 victory over Terryville catapults Williams to win #700...

How He Did It

Fred Williams has been the Head Varsity Basketball Coach at Northwestern Regional High School since 1978. On February 13th, 2022, in front of friends, family, former players, and opposing coaches, he recorded his 700th career victory. This came from a 57-23 win vs Terryville. Williams is now one of two coaches in Connecticut's history to eclipse the 700 mark. He trails only Dave Strong (704 wins) for All-Time Record for most wins of any Men's or Women's Basketball Coach. This tremendous milestone for Williams comes less than 5 years removed from hitting his 600th win, on December 30th, 2017 at Shepaug Valley High School. 


Over the years at Northwestern Regional, Williams has racked up a pretty impressive stat line. He has an overall record of 700-320 (69%), with his teams winning 11 Berkshire League titles, including eight in a row from 1987-94, and 141 straight Berkshire League wins during that time. Northwestern Regional won the 1990 Class M State Championship over Ellington, and also appeared in the Class M State Championship game in 2003. His 12th Berkshire League title could be on the way, as Williams’s Highlanders are currently tied with Thomaston for the #1 seed this season.


But, Williams’s accolades don’t stop there. In 2013, he was inducted into the Connecticut High School Coach Association Hall of Fame. Only four years later, he was inducted into the Connecticut Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in April of 2017. 


We are lucky to have Fred Williams as part of our program for the past 30+ years and counting, and we are so proud of all he has accomplished. Who knows how soon it will take for him and his highlanders to break the CIAC all-time record…


 My bet is very soon.


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