Big night for two coaches

Big night for two coaches

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Lisa Gedaka, coach of the Gloucester Catholic girls’ basketball squad, poses for a photo with her daughter Mary, a player on the team, after her career 500th victory on Feb. 18. In the photo at right, the team holds a congratulatory banner.

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Two area high school basketball coaches reached milestone wins on Feb. 18, marking their legacies in the Diocese of Camden.
Lisa Gedaka, coach of the Gloucester Catholic girls’ basketball squad, recorded her 500th victory with her team’s 62-56 win over home team Deptford.
After a playing career at Gloucester Catholic and Villanova University that saw her named to the Big Five Hall of Fame, and Gloucester County Hall of Game, Gedaka took the coaching job at Gloucester Catholic 25 years ago. Today, with a 500-152 record with the Lady Rams, she is the third South Jersey girls’ basketball coach to achieve 500 wins, after Wildwood’s Dave Troiano and Camden Catholic’s Chris Palladino.
Her daughter, Mary, is a current star on the Lady Rams. She scored 14 points with 14 rebounds and 10 assists in Tuesday’s historic game.
The same night, the St. Augustine (Richland) boys’ basketball team beat Lower Cape May 70-45, to give coach Paul Rodio his 800th win. Rodio became the first South Jersey coach in history, and third in the state, to reach that milestone.
Rodio has been coach at St. Augustine since 1977.

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