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With 412 wins, Carmen Dolfo breaks a coaching record

Dolfo joins Lynda Goodrich in the 400-plus club

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Carmen Dolfo, left, now has more coaching wins than her mentor, Athletic Director Lynda Goodrich, right.

No Western women’s coach has racked up more career wins than basketball coach Carmen Dolfo (’88), who just completed her 20th season with a 26-4 record and another post-season appearance.

Dolfo surpassed her former coach and mentor,Lynda Goodrich (’66) Jan. 20 when WWU beat the University of Alaska Fairbanks, Dolfo’s 412th career victory. Earlier in the season, Western became the first school in the country with two women’s basketball coaches whose teams have earned more than 400 victories apiece; Dolfo reached that plateau against San Francisco State University on Nov. 20.

In addition to their impressive records, the two friends share a courtside intensity borne from an aversion to losing. They also share a knack for mentorship. Just as Goodrich nurtured her former player and assistant coach into a legendary champion, Dolfo, too, enjoys her relationships with her players.

“I’m happy to be involved in the women’s lives,” Dolfo says. “If you are super hard on them on the court, you have to care off the court. You learn a lot about your life (playing basketball), and I want them to take that and their hard work into their lives (after basketball).”

Goodrich, WWU’s athletic director for 24 years, was happy to be one-upped by her former protégé.

“I did a good job picking my successor, didn’t I?” she says.