Georgia’s Andy Landers cements his place in history with 800th win

Move over Summitt and Auriemma, scoot over Krzyzewski and Smith. You need to make room for Georgia’s Andy Landers.

The Bulldogs’ 43-year women’s basketball coach gained entry into an exclusive club with the Lady Bulldogs’ 94-57 win over Savannah State Tuesday night at Stegeman Coliseum. Including his time at Roane State, the only women’s basketball coach Georgia has ever had now owns 882 career wins.

Following is a complete report from UGA Sports Communications on Landers’ landmark achievement:

ATHENS – Stegeman Coliseum witnessed history on Tuesday night, as Georgia’s Andy Landers became only the eighth head coach in basketball history – men’s or women’s – to record 800 wins at one Division I institution.

Landers, now in his 34th season as Lady Bulldogs head coach, joined a list including women’s head coaches Pat Summitt and Geno Auriemma and men’s coaches such as Mike Krzyzewski and Dean Smith. Landers, who is still the only full-time women’s basketball coach the University of Georgia has ever had, focused on the sacrifices his family has made through the years for him to reach this milestone.

“I’ve been very blessed the last 34 years, and I want to thank my wife, Pam; my son, Drew; and my daughter, Andrea, for sacrificing and allowing me to do something that I’ve really enjoyed,” Landers said. “Tomorrow we take off for New Mexico and it will be the 33rd out of 34 years that I’ll be away from the family on Thanksgiving. They’ve just been terrific, especially Pam and her support.”

Landers, whose career win mark now stands at 882 after winning 82 games at Roane State prior to coming to Georgia, has been keen to deflect attention away from the achievement in the days leading up to the game. Even after his players wrote 799 on a white board in the team’s locker room after defeating Belmont this past Sunday, Landers remained focused on the task in hand. However, after defeating Savannah State 94-57, Landers took a moment to credit his current and past players and assistant coaches for the role they have played in his success.

“I want to thank this group behind me who I hope you’re enjoying because, as coaches, we’re really enjoying working with them. This isn’t something that I’ve done; it’s something that we’ve all done. I’ve been blessed with terrific assistant coaches through the years,” Landers said. “It is not about me. It’s something we can share with everyone who’s touched our program the past 34 years. We’re in a place where the administration thinks women’s basketball is very important, and we’re very thankful for that.”

Never one for clichés, Landers said that, regardless of anything, winning is important. He still has been proud of the way his program has gone about each of the 800 wins.

“Someone once said that it’s not whether you win or lose but how you play the game. It matters whether you win or lose, and it matters in life whether we win. We’ve been fortunate to do that, but it also matters how you play the game,” Landers said. “I think what I appreciate and what I’m proudest of is not the wins, but how we’ve played the game. We have done it the right way and done it with classy kids. Our kids have graduated, and it’s just been a wonderful experience that I hope you appreciate that because I can’t tell you how much we’ve appreciated you through the years. Thank you very much.”

An indication of the immense achievement Landers cemented Tuesday night is that combined the other 13 SEC coaches own 954 wins at their respective institutions. Next on the list of milestones for Landers to achieve is career victory 900, a mark he is now only 18 wins shy of reaching.

15 comments Add your comment

Hank

November 21st, 2012
12:57 am

A great achievement! Congratulations Coach!

GT = 10 time loser to Mark Richt

November 21st, 2012
6:53 am

800 wins and nothing to show for it

Buzz 2011

November 21st, 2012
7:35 am

@ GT= 10 TIMES MORE POINTS THAN UGA SATURDAY…………Remember genius, “yesterday life was such an easy game to play”.. You will love to see the leghumpers humbled!!!

Uncle Tom

November 21st, 2012
8:34 am

Maybe I haven’t been paying attention, but I do have a serious question——–why hasn’t Landers ever been asked to coach MEN’s basketball? He could even go into the locker rooms and showers if he had to. Aren’t the Xs and Os the same pretty much?

Moobs Johnson

November 21st, 2012
9:28 am

Andy Landers is living proof that mediocrity is alive an well in the Georgia athletics program. So much talent has passed through his program with so little to show for it other than longevity. Hang a few (or at least one) NC banners and then start singing his praises.

Robert

November 21st, 2012
9:44 am

I attended UGA in the early years of Coach Landers tenure at the University. I was always most impressed by his class and the fact that that class was reflected in his girls. To have reached reached this milestone in what is far and away the most competitive conference in women’s basketball is indeed a testement to his leadership and to the women who have kept our basketball teams in the top tier of their sport for 34 years. Congratulations coach.

Charles

November 21st, 2012
10:50 am

Have been a long time admirer of Coach Landers. He has had some great talent and has always worked hard to get the best out of them. Probably most impressive is that he is extremely demanding and seeing the ladies respond to that says a lot about him. Anyone who can sit an All American down for not playing defense the way he demands, and still maintain their respect has my attention and deserves more credit than he will ever get.
Thanks Andy!

The real shame

November 21st, 2012
11:30 am

We really needed to see Coach Landers dance in the gangnam style parody!!!

HPUCK

November 21st, 2012
11:46 am

No National Championship with all that talent over 34 years. Good but not great

Gary

November 21st, 2012
12:10 pm

Those that measure greatness soley by national championships overlook the importance of consistency. Should Gene Chizik be considered a coaching legend for winning a national championship at Auburn, but having mostly mediocre teams during his tenure? Landers has produced a quality basketball team every year for more than 30 years against tough competition in the SEC. His rivalry with Tennessee’s Summit made for memorable games. Maybe Summit was better, but that doesn’t diminish Lander’s accomplishments. How many of us can say we were that successful in our careers?

MsGaDawg

November 21st, 2012
12:42 pm

Congratulations Coach Landers! I take nothing away from his accomplishments. He has done a lot, however, now it is time to step down. He is a great coach but unable to take us to the next level, a national championship. He has had 34 years to try and do it. I think that was enough time and fair. It is time for him to retire and enjoy Thanksgiving and all the holidays with his family. I’m tired of just good teams and mediocrity. We are going backwards. I’m ready for the next higher level, competing again and winning a national championship!!!!!!

Border Collie

November 21st, 2012
1:20 pm

No National Championship..what ajoke!

Border Collie

November 21st, 2012
1:21 pm

Good enough to keep job but not good enought to win Championship.

mike on lake hartwell

November 21st, 2012
6:44 pm

coach landers is a DGD!

The Dogfather

November 23rd, 2012
9:20 am

Coach Landers also has one of the highest graduation rates of his players in the sec. For all you haters that want nc,s-go pound sand and go clock in and get ready to pump gas for the day> Thanks Coach – a respectable program -a great man that has always stayed with the dawgs.