During her incredible career, Dillard girls basketball coach Marcia Pinder has received plenty of honors.
But few left her as touch as the this weekend's induction into the Florida Athletic Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
Pinder, who last season topped the 800-win mark and is Florida's winningest high school basketball coach, was one of seven inductees into the FACA Hall of Fame this year. More than 50 family members, friends, former players and Dillard school administrators were on hand for the ceremony.
Some of the attendees were actually in central Florida to participate in the Disney Marathon and took time from race events to drive to Daytona Beach for the induction.
“To see as many as came out there for that honor, I was touched,” Pinder said. “I was very, very emotional to have so many people there. I had no idea they were coming. My principal at Dillard, my fellow coaches, I was blown away. That’s what really put the icing on the cake.”
The induction ceremony capped a bit of an up-and-down week for Pinder and her team who notched two dominant victories, but lost to district rival American Heritage.
Now, with the BCAA Big 8 tournament and districts looming, Pinder is hopeful the loss can help keep her team focused and on track as the Panthers bid for a fourth consecutive state title.
“I don’t want them to get all bent out of shape about [the Hall of Fame,]” Pinder said. “I want them to stay focused on the season. The honors are great. I appreciate the honors, but we can’t lose focus. The honor is over with. It’s time to get back to business and we’re trying to keep things in the right perspective.”
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