Wednesday October 16th, Pope defeated Houston County to secure Pope’s 4th consecutive trip to the state finals in Columbus with a 7-1 victory. The victory earned Coach Chris Turco his 300th win in Turco’s 13th season at the helm of the Greyhounds softball program.
Turco’s 300th win comes approx. 3 years after his 200th when the Hounds defeated North Atlanta on September 13th 2016 at the Racetrack (home field of Pope Fastpitch). Over the span between the 200th and 300th win, Turco coached 123 games winning 81% of the games over the time period.
The time period spans a historic time in Pope Fastpitch history that has seen the Greyhounds make 4 consecutive trips to the State Finals in Columbus while making back to back trips to the state championship game and winning the state championship in 2019. Pope has also made 4 consecutive trips to the region championship during this time securing 3 consecutive region championships from 2017-2019.
At the start of Turco’s career this type of success would seem far fetched as his inaugural season saw the Hounds finish 8-18 and 7th place in the region followed by a 13-18-1 season in his 2nd year at the helm good for a 4th place region finish.
In all, Turco has guided the Greyhounds to the state playoffs in 11 of his 13 seasons and Turco has taken the Hounds to the state finals tournament 7 out of his 13 years qualifying for the state championship 4 times and bringing 2 state titles to Pope in 2014 and 2019.
When asked about his thoughts on winning 300 games Turco replied:
“300 wins is a community achievement that speaks to the dedication of the entire Pope softball program. I am fortunate to be surrounded with extremely intelligent and dedicated assistant coaches and I am blessed to have the most generous and supportive booster organization in the entire state. Having talented players is key as well and I sincerely appreciate the many players that have believed in the vision of the program and taken our organization to heights only dreamed of. Lastly, without an amazingly self-less wife and supportive children, I would never have been able to coach long enough to compile this many wins and I appreciate everything that my wife sacrifices for me and the program”