Hempstead's Ted Adams earned his 480th career victory and became the winningest boys basketball coach in Nassau history Sunday with Hempstead's 71-57 win over Samuel Gompers (Bronx) at the Junius Kellogg Classic at Manhattan Center.
Adams moved ahead of former Uniondale coach Russ Bastin, who coached from 1954-1992 and had 479 wins.
Adams is in his 27th season as coach and has a career record of 480-125 for a 79.3 winning percentage, and is now the second winningest Long Island coach. Ed Petrie of East Hampton is first with over 700 wins and is the second winningest coach in the state.
Hempstead is 3-2 this season. The Tigers have three transfers who start and Adams said one of his jobs so far has been getting the team to play consistently in what, to them, is a new system and not revert to how they played at their previous team. The three transfers who start -- Joe Douglas, a 5-11 senior guard, Jordan Parks, a 6-3 junior forward and Marquis Posey, a 6-2 junior -- all come from St. Dominic.
Third-year player Ishmael Pierre is the most experienced at Hempstead, and was named tournament MVP after Sunday's win. Pierre had 16 points, eight rebounds, eight steals and six assists in Adams' milestone victory.