Belmont men’s basketball coach Rick Byrd could add another accomplishment to his already-prolific career coaching the Bruins.
On Saturday, Byrd reached his 799th career win. On Thursday, he goes for number 800. He would be just the 12th NCAA coach ever to reach 800 and the fifth active head coach.
Byrd wouldn’t admit to the importance of the milestone, but his players will have it in the back of their minds come Thursday.
“It definitely gives us a little bit of extra motivation playing not only for us, the fans but for him,” said senior guard/forward Dylan Windler. “It’s a big milestone for him to get 800 wins, it would be huge for him. and it definitely gives us some extra motivation to play hard and helping him reach those milestones that he deserves.”
The Bruins host Eastern Illinois Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Curb Event Center.