With the victory, Delaney became the 17th softball coach in Ohio history to win 500 or more career games. He’s currently second all-time in coaching victories in Clark County softball history, sitting just 13 wins shy of Northwestern’s Nancy Dutton (513 wins).
Delaney was honored before Monday’s game against Triad. He was joined on the field by former Trojan athletic directors and assistant coaches.
The 500 victories are the most by any coach in Southeastern school history.
“You have to be the hardest worker of anybody in your program and there’s nobody around here that won’t confirm just how hard Tojo works,” said former Southeastern Athletic Director Kirk Martin.
Delaney and his wife Lorie were also there to support the players, on and off the field, Martin said.
“If you were in the play or played another sport, if you did anything, he was there and Lorie was right there with him every step of the way,” Martin said. “He conveyed so much more than just being your softball coach.”
The love of the game kept him coming back each year, Delaney said, especially as he’s gotten closer and closer to the coveted 500-win club. He also has a flexible job that allows him to focus on coaching during the spring, he said.
“I was fortunate that my job allowed me to return,” Delaney said. “When you get there and you can start smelling that you’re that close, you say, ‘I can’t quit just yet’.”
Through Saturday’s game, Delaney has a career record of 500-271. During his tenure, the Trojans have won eight league championships, six district titles and made three appearances in the regional finals. He’s watched the sport grow over the years, especially as more and more athletes play competitive softball year-round.
“I was handed a lot of good athletes,” Delaney said. “When we started, if you had a kid that could pitch and you could put five good athletes around them, you’d have one heck of a ball club. It’s not that way today.”
During the celebration, Delaney acknowledged all of the people who helped him over the years.
“Thank you from the bottom of my heart,” he said.
Clark County Prep Softball All-Time Coaching Victories
Nancy Dutton, Northwestern 513
Randy “Tojo” Delaney, Southeastern* 500
Ed Foulk, Kenton Ridge 462
Greg Newland, Springfield South 400
Missy Johnson, Northwestern 367
Doug Skinner, Catholic Central 328