VC head coach Kim Guidry sits in an office surrounded by all of her accomplishments.
Vermilion Catholic's Guidry Going For 800th Win
And to think Kim “Gidge” Guidry almost did not become the head girls basketball coach at Vermilion Catholic High School.
Guidry was hired back in 1981 to be the VC girls’ basketball coach but did not coach a game for about four years.
She had to patiently wait for that position to reopen because a male assistant football coach was hired and the male coach became the girls basketball coach. Guidry had to settle for being the tennis coach and cheerleading coach.
Fresh out of college, Guidry was not ready to question the hire and stayed content for four years being the cheerleader and tennis coach at VC.
The male football coach the administration hired to coach girls basketball only won three games his fourth season.
She got the word that she was taking over the girls program at VC.
“Looking back, God had a reason why I didn’t get the head coaching job back then. I was a lot more mature when the time came.”
The wait proved to be a plus for VC and Guidry.
Tonight, in a third round of the Class A playoff game, Guidry has a chance to win her 800th career basketball game. The Lady Eagles (21-10) battle Hanson.
Tip off is set for 7 p.m.
VC has beaten Hanson twice in the regular season.
The winner of tonight’s game will advance to the semifinals of the Class A playoffs in Hammond on the campus of Southeastern University.
This week she did not let her players know about being on the verge of winning No. 800.
“It is not about me, it is about the girls,” said Guidry. “They are the ones who are important.”
Over the last 36 years at VC, her teams have won two state basketball titles and have been to Final Four six times. She finished second at state once.
She has coached more than 1,000 games over 36 years.
The VC gym is also named in her honor.
Her entire teaching and coaching career has been at Vermilion Catholic. Sure, she admits she thought about coaching elsewhere when she was younger, but decided to remain at VC.
After graduating USL in 1980, she put in her
teaching application at the Vermilion Parish public school system and VC. VC called her back first for an interview and then hired her.
At the age of 57, Guidry is not ready to retire, she said. She still has a few more years of teaching and coaching left in her.
The high school girls coach with the all-time high schools wins belongs to Leta Andrews in Texas. When she retired at the age of 76 after 52 years of coaching and teaching, she had 1,416 wins.
Leslie Gaudet once at Pine Prairie High in the 1950s through 1970, is the top female coach in Louisiana with 1,026 wins.