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Murphy coach Gentry sets state record for wins

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Murphy coach David Gentry now has more wins than any other high school coach in North Carolina history. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

Murphy coach David Gentry was chasing history Friday, looking for his 413th career coaching win.

The Bulldogs had not won at Swain County since 2005. But they eked out a 15-14 win against No. 7 Swain County, meaning Gentry now has more wins than any other high school coach in North Carolina history.

Eagerly watching the game on the edge of her seat, Gentry’s wife, Kelly, said she could barely keep her eyes open for this one.

She said this win is more special than any win she’s seen from her husband and his team.

“This is by far the best,” Kelly Gentry said. “It’s like what you work so hard for. He’s won a lot of state championships, but this is just like the cherry on top.”

Gentry was surrounded by his players, coaches and fans after the buzzer signaled the end of the game at Swain and he made history.

“I just really appreciate everybody that’s ever played for me. Like I said, I had a lot of texts today from people from Edneyville that I coached over there for nine years, and all over. I just thank everybody. Every kid that’s ever played. Every team that’s ever won a game. This all belongs to them,” David Gentry said.

Murphy is now tied with Robbinsville for first in the league.

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