The Upper Arlington High School boys basketball team’s 51-32 win at Wellington on Dec. 5 was more than just a season-opening victory.

It also gave Golden Bears coach Tim Casey his 400th career win.

Casey, who is in his 17th season coaching at his alma mater, has a career record of 400-226. Almost two-thirds of those wins, 266, have come at UA.

Casey, a 1981 UA graduate, previously coached at Kettering Fairmont and St. Paris Graham and was NCAA Division III Player of the Year in 1985 at Wittenberg.

His Bears teams have won six OCC-Central Division championships, all since 2010, and four Division I district titles since 2012, including each of the past two years. UA was state runner-up in 2014.

Dane Goodwin had a game-high 23 points against Wellington. Max Martz added 13 points and eight rebounds.

According to the Ohio High School Basketball Coaches Association, 122 boys coaches in state history had won at least 400 games before this season. Dick Kortokrax holds the state record for wins with 890 in 55 seasons with Fort Jennings, Kalida and Ottoville before retiring in 2016.

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