After bringing home 150 wins, Lane Tech basketball coach Nick LoGalbo was honored by his basketball team in a surprise ceremony earlier this month. It’s the second-most wins on record in the CPS high school’s 112-year history, Lane Tech officials said.
LoGalbo, who doubles as the school’s athletic director, has a standard routine before each game’s tip-off. First, players line up for the national anthem. Then, he has a quick check-in to make sure the team’s ready for the game.
But LoGalbo’s pre-game routine was interrupted before the team was set to take on Walter Payton on January 8th. An assistant coach tapped LoGalbo on the shoulder, telling him he was needed at the scoring table.
“It was a big conference game with a big crowd and I was already in my usual routine,” LoGalbo said. “When he told me to go to the front I asked, ‘Why?’ I hadn’t done that before a game, ever.”
When he walked over, LoGalbo noticed the school’s administration seated at the scoring table instead. Assistant Athletic Director Jane Milsap was smiling as LoGalbo walked up to the table.
“The PA announcer called my name and I was like, ‘Oh boy, what’s going on here,’” he said.
LoGalbo was celebrated for his 150 wins he’s brought home since 2005. LoGalbo’s record is only second to former coach Ray Umbright, who coached from 1919-1954.
“I’ve never really had any idea how many wins or losses I’ve accrued as a coach. It’s not about me. It’s about our boys and our program and trying to maximize our potential each season,” he said. “But it was a pretty cool surprise that so many other people behind the scenes did their research and found this out.”
LoGalbo, who teaches English at Lane when he’s not coaching, is also an alumnus of the school.
“This place has given more to me than I can ever give to it,” LoGalbo said. “This place is is extremely special to me. It’s kind of an ongoing joke with my family that it’s like my second home.”