Highland coach reaches 200 victories
When the Highland girls’ basketball team defeated Wapello on Monday, Jan. 13 they did more than get their eighth win of the season. The group of girls from Highland High School gave their head coach, Jody Fink, his 200th victory as a girls’ basketball head coach.
The story of how Fink got to win No. 200 started with his knees. While he was a student-athlete at Upper Iowa University, it became apparent that his knees would not allow him to play basketball. It was at that time Fink decided to go into coaching.
Fink secured a physical education practicum at West Central Maynard. That was the school that Gene Kling, the state of Iowa’s all-time wins leader for high school girls’ was coaching at.
It was in those three years that Fink’s desire to coach girls’ basketball flourished.
From there he got an assistant coaching job at Dunkerton High School while he did his student teaching, which led to him getting his first job at Exira High School.
While Fink was at Exira he coached Rachel Yeggey, the state of Iowa’s career record holder for rebounds. After two seasons at Exira, Fink took a job at Highland.
Fink spent two years as a Highland assistant and then was given the head coaching job. In his 11 years as the head coach, Highland has reached the state tournament twice. Fink coached Kelli Nelson to become the state of Iowa’s all-time steals leader.
Fink says that the lessons he has learned with experience have been vital.
“I try to fit the system to the girls rather than the girls to my system. At this age, the girls’ abilities are what they are. It’s my job to make them comfortable and do what I know works,” Fink commented.
Off the court, Fink spends time with his wife, Karen, of seven years and two children. With their support the path is clear for Fink to work towards another 200 victories.