Boys Basketball: Westerville South coach Ed Calo earns 500th career win

Frank DiRenna
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Westerville South boys basketball coach Ed Calo believes it’s fitting that his team used the program’s signature defense to help him reach a milestone Jan. 29 at Westerville North. 

South held the Warriors in check for most of the night in a 55-37 win for Calo’s 500th career victory. 

“It’s been a tough year,” Calo said. “Our defense hasn’t been nearly as good as it should be. It was fitting that we played so well defensively. I feel really good about our guys. The guys responded really well.” 

According to OHSAA records, Calo is the 50th coach in Ohio to reach 500 wins. He stands at 500-266. 

Westerville South coach Ed Calo talks with his team during a game against Dublin Scioto on Jan. 19. Calo earned his 500th career victory with a 55-37 win over Westerville North on Jan. 29.

“I don’t care about milestones,” Calo said. “They have my name on the floor (at the new home gymnasium). I’m a little embarrassed by that. They could have done a little plaque, that would have been fine. Every time I look at that, I look at all the guys who have come through here, all the players who have committed themselves to be the best. I think about my assistant coaches. 

“It’s a program effort all the way through.” 

The Wildcats, who lost to North 69-66 on Jan. 23, improved to 6-2 overall and 5-2 in the OCC-Capital Division. 

Drey Carler led South with 24 points and Jaiden Guice added 10.

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