Wilcox Gets 275th Career Victory

Wilcox Gets 275th Career Victory

Published: Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Murphy, Wilcox and Gartenmayer after the 275th WinOn Saturday, October 21, 2017, with his team’s 52-7 win over Culver-Stockton College, Benedictine College head football coach Larry Wilcox earned his 275th career win.

With the win, he becomes just the seventh coach at any level of four-year collegiate football – NCAA FBS, FCS, Div. II, Div. III or NAIA – to reach the 275-win milestone at the same institution.

“Larry’s dedication to Benedictine College and to his student-athletes over the years is inspiring,” said Benedictine College President Stephen D. Minnis. “It is not surprising that his love for his players is reflected in success on the field. I congratulate him on achieving this major milestone.”

Wilcox is now the 16th coach to reach the 275-win milestone and is currently one of two active coaches with 275 wins or more. He is also the only active coach to reach the 275-win milestone at the same institution.

“Anytime you are able to get a win at home, it makes it a little more enjoyable,” Coach Wilcox said. “To have it happen on such a unique weekend where we had the 1992 team back, along with many other alumni, adds to the enjoyment.”

Saturday marked the second milestone win for Coach Wilcox at home. He won his 250th game on Oct. 18, 2014, with a 49-6 win over Peru State College. Like then, while he appreciates what it means to reach such milestones, the focus is already on to the next game.

“I don’t really have much time during this time of the year to reflect as it’s time to move on to the next game, but I do appreciate the opportunity that I’ve had to have the tenure that I’ve had at Benedictine,” Wilcox said. “We’ve been very fortunate to have the athletes that have allowed us to win as many games that we’ve had and I’ve been fortunate to work with a coaching staff, some of who have been with me for all 275 wins, that have allowed us to win.”

One of those coaches who has been with Coach Wilcox since the beginning is also current Athletic Director Charlie Gartenmayer.

“I’m excited for Larry and Benedictine College Football,” Gartenmayer said. “Coach Wilcox does it the right way. He is demanding of his players both on and off the field of competition. It is especially exciting to have this win come at a time when we are celebrating the success of 1992 football team with their induction into the Hall of Fame. Over 45 players from that team alone were present to watch this special win.”

In addition to his latest milestone, Coach Wilcox is also the winningest four-year collegiate football coach in the history of Kansas and just last January he was inducted into the latest class of the NAIA Hall of Fame.

Founded in 1858, Benedictine College is a Catholic, Benedictine, residential, liberal arts college located on the bluffs above the Missouri River in Atchison, Kansas. The school is proud to have been named one of America’s Best Colleges by U.S. News & World Report as well as one of the top Catholic colleges in the nation by First Things magazine and the Newman Guide. It prides itself on outstanding academics, extraordinary faith life, strong athletic programs, and an exceptional sense of community and belonging. It has a mission to educate men and women within a community of faith and scholarship.