Columbia High School baseball coach Steve Dennis celebrated a DeKalb County coaching milestone April 26 as he notched his 300th career victory by beating McNair 14-1 in the season finale.
The victory was against former Columbia player Jonathan Dunton, the coach at McNair.
Dennis, a graduate of Briarcliff High School, becomes the first baseball coach in DeKalb County to reach 300 wins at the same school, posting the win in his 24th year at the helm of the Eagles’ program.
“As I started getting closer, that has been my ultimate goal,” Dennis said of becoming the first to hit the 300 mark at the same location. “It’s special, it really is. It was a good win. My phone has been lit up. I had to turn it off.”
Trenton Nash had two hits and Devonte Blow added two hits and three RBIs to lead the offense, while Demetrius Jones pitched all five innings to earn the win.
Columbia players started looking for the Gatorade bucket immediately following the final out but had to wait until after the traditional post-game hand shaking to finally drench Dennis.
Dennis earned win No. 100 in 1997 against Stephenson and knocked off Southwest DeKalb in 2005 for win No. 200.
“It means a lot,” Dennis said. “I was 23 and in my first year here when they called me one day and said we want you to be the head baseball coach. I didn’t know what I was getting myself into at that point, but it’s been a great ride.”