Vashaw records 500th win

Posted 4/20/2021

Prince Avenue Christian coach Frank Vashaw recorded his 500th coaching victory Tuesday night.

 

Vashaw records 500th coaching victory

 

Frank Vashaw got a cold shower from the team's water cooler.

This wasn't just an ordinary night for the longtime coach who ranks among the state's best.

The Prince Avenue Christian coach notched his 500th career coaching victory Tuesday evening with a 14-2 victory over Loganville Christian after his team scored nine runs in the top of the seventh.

With the victory, Vashaw became the 36th coach in state history to win No. 500. His 20-8 record this season gives him an overall mark of 500-294. He ranks 17th in the state among active coaches.

He is the fourth coach in 2021 to join the 500-win coaching plateau, joining Dawson County's Dwayne Sapp, East Paulding's Tony Boyd and East Coweta's Franklin Deloach.

His wife Carla and his parents were in attendance. One of his daughters, Chloe, watched the game from Las Vegas courtesy of the NFHS Network. His daughter Leah Parker wasn't able to attend, but she made a photo collage for her father.

Vashaw tried to stay humble. 

"It's one of those things where if you stay in it long enough, you are going to rack up some wins," Vashaw said. "I've been fortunate. Everywhere I've been, I've had great players, super assistants and coached at programs who wanted to be able to do well."

Vashaw's postseason resume is an impressive one. With the exception of the 2020 campaign that was interrupted by the coronavirus pandemic, Vashaw has taken every one of his high school programs with the exception of 2019 to the playoffs since starting his career at Cook in 1992-93.

He has coached at Cook, Coffee, North Gwinnett and Franklin County before taking over at Prince Avenue Christian before the 2020 season. He also served as an assistant at Screven County, Berrien and Sprayberry.

Vashaw guided Cook to a Class AA state championship in 2000 and a state runner-up finish in 1998 where he enjoyed perhaps his greatest success. He credited then-Cook principal Paula Barker and Cook athletic director Jackie Raley for giving him a chance.

He has won five region titles, made four trips to the semifinals and made 13 quarterfinal appearances.

After graduating from Georgia Southern and playing under Georgia Dugout Club Hall of Fame coach Jack Stallings in 1988, he coached under Stallings for one season before his first head coaching job. He guided the Upwey-Ferntree Gully Tigers near Melbourne, Australia where his senior team finished 14-9 and lost in the Grand Finals. His U-18 team was 11-3. 

He said he was honored by the support he received from the Prince Avenue Christian players and fans after notching his 500th victory.

"No coach wins games by themselves obviously," he said. "It's one of those situations where you have to have administrative support and an athletic department that wants all sports to succeed. I think that is an important part. You also have to have kids buy in."