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Liebertz gets win No. 300 at Great Neck South
Whoever takes over for Great Neck South boys basketball coach Stephen Liebertz when he decides to hang it up has a lot to live up to.
Liebertz, the second coach in the history of the program, is also the second to 300 wins. He achieved the feat on Tuesday with a 67-55 win over Calhoun.
Milton "Dutch" Hess, who started coaching when the school opened in 1959 and continued in the role for the next 25 years (save one season off) also reached the 300-win mark.
"We were part of something here that was kind of nice," Liebertz recalled telling his team in the locker room after the game.
In his 27 seasons, Liebertz is 300-214 with four conference championships and a county semifinal appearance against Roosevelt "which I'd like to forget," he said.
He noted the best player he ever coached was Chris Beckett, a 1992 Newsday All Long Island selection who played collegiately at NYIT.
"I feel very fortunate to have had good kids that have worked hard, and a good staff surrounding me for a lot of years," Liebertz said just hours after his 301st win, a 60-55 victory at Bellmore JFK that improved his Rebels to a first-place mark of 5-1 in Conference AA-III.
"It's all about the kids."