Greatness comes in many shapes and sizes. In the case of Jerry Petitgoue, greatness is manifested in many ways as a husband, father, teacher, coach and through his incredible commitment to the MACC Fund as Executive Director of the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA). Jerry has played an important role in helping the impressive organization donate $1.8 million to the MACC Fund through its annual Boys and Girls All-Star Games each year dating back to 1978. Next to the Milwaukee Bucks who played an integral role in starting the MACC Fund 35 years ago on the retirement night of Jon McGlocklin, the “Original Buck,” the WBCA is the longest standing MACC Fund sponsor.
Greatness is oftentimes measured by wins and losses in sports. In the case of Jerry Petitgoue, you can easily measure his greatness in this way. Tonight his Cuba City basketball team will take the court in their holiday tournament against River Ridge (Illinois) High School. Every coach will tell you that every game is important. Secretly, they will tell you that some are special. Tonight’s Cuba City game is one of those games. A victory will mean that Jerry will have coached his 800th win in his 44 years as a head high school varsity coach in Wisconsin. Forty of those years have been at Cuba City which he helped make into a perennial powerhouse. The “winningest” coach in state high school history, Jerry has a record of 799-199. Tomorrow night’s holiday tournament game will be his 1,000 game as a head varsity coach.
The MACC Fund has many friends whose commitment to helping the children is inspirational. Some of them are legendary in their career accomplishments as well. Jerry Petitgoue is one of those. Watching his team win his 799th game on Monday against a fine Sheboygan Lutheran team was thrilling. You can rest assured that there will be lots of children helped by the MACC Fund – thanks to its friends like Jerry Petitgoue and the WBCA – who will be there in spirit tonight along with the extended MACC Fund family as Cuba City goes for #800 for Coach Petitgoue.
Good luck Coach! And “Thanks a Million” to you and the other fine WBCA members for the “Gift of Hope Through High School Hoops” to the MACC Fund.
John Cary, Executive Director
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