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Roy Johnston sets record for all-time wins as coach in boys basketball

Basketball   | Tom Markowski

Roy Johnston sets record for all-time wins as coach in boys basketball

Beaverton – Beaverton coach Roy Johnston set the state record for career coaching victories in boys basketball on Wednesday as the host Beavers defeated Farwell, 71-24.

Johnston passed the legendary River Rouge coach Lofton Greene. Greene had 728 victories in Michigan. Johnston now has 729.

Johnston recently said he was humbled by the historical significance. He in his 47th season as a head coach, the last 43 at Beaverton.

Johnston, 74, began his coaching career at Yale High School in 1966. Located in the Thumb, Yale isn’t far from Croswell where he was raised.

Johnston spent two years at Yale before going to Howell for two seasons. He was Beaverton’s junior varsity coach for three seasons before taking over the varsity program.

Beaverton is 11-1 this season, 9-0 in the Jack Pine Conference. The Beavers will host Sanford-Meridian on Friday. 

(Note: Greene has 739 victories but 11 of those came while he was coaching in his home state of Kentucky.)