St. Louis, Mo., February 6, 2013 — Washington University in St. Louis men's basketball coach Mark Edwards will look to earn his 600th-career victory Friday, Feb. 7, against the University of Rochester at home. Tip-off is set for 8 p.m. at the WU Field House on the campus of Washington University. The game will be streamed live on the Bear Sports Network.
Edwards, the winningest coach in school history with a 599-266 (.692) overall record, has guided No. 4-ranked Washington U. to a 16-2 overall record this season and a 7-0 mark in the University Athletic Association (UAA). The Bears are also in the midst of a season-long 11-game winning streak.
After winning a combined 17 games in his first three seasons, Edwards has led Washington U. to a school-record 30-consecutive winning seasons. The Bears have won 20 or more games 13 times, participated in 17 NCAA tournaments, and finished first or second 22 of 26 times in the competitive UAA. Washington U.'s 26-year record in the UAA – 282-86 (.766) winning percentage) – is the league's best mark since its inception in 1987-88.
Edwards, a three-time NCAA Division III National Coach of the Year, guided Washington University to the 2008 and 2009 NCAA Division III National Championships. Washington U. is just the fourth school in DIII history to win back-to-back titles.
Edwards ranks seventh in active wins by an NCAA Division III coach and 12th all-time in NCAA Division III history. He would become the 81st men's college basketball coach to win 600 games.