No coach in the history of New Jersey college basketball has more wins than Richard Stockton College of New Jersey men's basketball coach Gerry Matthews.
At any level.
The Ospreys' 78-58 victory over Farmingdale State in the Stockton Tip-Off tournament final over the weekend gave Matthews his 515th victory, the college announced. The Division III coach now has one more victory than Princeton's Pete Carrill, who collected 514 wins in 29 years at the Division I school. Matthews is currently in his 27th year at Stockton.
For the season, the Ospreys improved to 2-0, after opening the season with an 88-75 win over Penn State Abington in the first round of the Stockton Tip-Off tournament.
Josh Blamon (Cinnaminson/Cinnaminson) led the way with 20 points, including 15 in the first half. Rich Suhr (Toms River/Toms River East) and Darnell McCargo (Woodlynne/Collingswood) each had 16 points, and tournament MVP Kevin Johnson (Paulsboro/Paulsboro) each had nine.
The Stockton defense held Farmingdale State to just 8-24 shooting, including 1-12 from three-point range.
According to the college, in his career, Matthews has led the Ospreys to two New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) titles in each of the following decades: the 1980's, 1990's and 2000's. Under Matthews, the Ospreys have never had a losing season and have made 13 NCAA Tournament appearances, including Final Four trips in 1987 and 2009. Under Matthews, Stockton's compiled 14 20-win seasons.
The record breaking win comes one season after Matthews collected his 500th victory.