NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) - Janet Victory coached at Crawford High School for 10 years, finishing with a record of 187-54 for the Rams.
In 2010, Victory decided to stop coaching. She decided to go back to college to get a degree in teaching, and also took her time off to watch her own kids play sports.
This year is her first in North Platte, coaching at St. Patrick's High School. Victory interviewed at several school, before deciding on St. Pat's, to be closer to her kids, who go to college in Eastern Nebraska.
"I didn't accept the job at first. I called my daughter, who plays college volleyball in Beatrice, and asked her if she wanted me to watch her play college, or if she would mind me going back to coaching. She said, 'mom, you need to be coaching again,'" Victory said.
In her nine years off, Victory wanted to get back to coaching.
"Since I left, I've missed coaching every year," Victory said, "I would coach and teach for free."
With Thursday's win over Brady, Victory earned her 200th career win, moving her career coaching record to 200-63, which equates to a .760 win percentage. In ten-plus seasons, Victory has averaged around 18 wins per season.
"I don't know if it's my coaching style, or how I coach, but it comes down to how hard the players work," Victory said, "I had some great teams in Crawford. I had some seasons in Crawford when we only lost one or two games. This [St. Pat's] group is special, one of the hardest working groups I've coached."