Plymouth Boy’s Basketball Coach Ryan Bales picked up his Plymouth career 100th win for the Pilgrims Saturday night at Tippecanoe Valley High School. The Pilgrims defeated Valley 62-35.
Bales is in his seventh year as mentor of the Pilgrims. He replaced Kevin Stuckmeyer at the beginning of the 2011-2012 season and immediately made an impact on the Pilgrim program posting a 16-6 record.
Bales became a head coach for the first time during the 2005-2006 season at Caston. The Comets posted a 10-11 record under his leadership. Bales then moved on to his alma mater. The North Judson Blue Jays came calling, and he remained there for five seasons going 74-41 including two sectional championships and one regional championship.
Bales has now gone 100-54 in six and a half years of leading the Pilgrim program. During his tenure, the Pilgrims won the IHSAA Sectional in 2013 leading the Pilgrims to a 21-4 season. Bales is 184-106 in 13 years of coaching varsity basketball.
Bales is the third Pilgrim coach to reach the 100 win plateau. Steve Yoder piloted the Pilgrims from 1967-1973. During his time, the Pilgrims went 105-36. The Pilgrims won three sectionals and three regionals during those years.
Jack Edison replaced Yoder when he left for Penn High School. Edison coached the Pilgrims for the next 34 years from 1973-2007. During that time, the Pilgrims went 545-251 and won 18 sectionals, nine regionals, two semi-states, one state runner-up, and two state championships.
Bales goes for career win #101 Friday night at The Rock as the Pilgrims host NLC foe Concord. JV tip-off is scheduled for 6:15.