Mike Snyder deflects much of the praise for approaching his impending milestone.
“What the milestone is is this program and these kids have won that many games,” Snyder said. “It's not necessarily me. I just benefitted from that. It's very good and very flattering to be in this position.”
Snyder enters Friday's game at McLoud with a chance to join an exclusive group of coaches who have won 300 games at the high school level.
According to the National Federation of State High School Associations record book, only two other coaches in state history has won 300 games.
Joe Tunnel won 322 games at Rush Springs and Lindsay from 1959-1999.
Bruce Hendrickson won 301 in stints at Commerce, Texhoma, Okeene, Seiling and Ringwood.
Nationally, 107 coaches have won 300 games, according to the record book.
Snyder could move well up that list.
The Chieftains are ranked No. 4 in Class 3A, and Snyder isn't thinking of hanging it up anytime soon.
“I don't have any hobbies,” Snyder said. “I don't know what I'd do with myself if I wasn't coaching.”
Last week, it looked like Snyder would have his first chance at the mark, before lightning storms washed out the Chieftains game against Tecumseh after just 10 minutes.
The teams waited out the storms for four hours before the game was finally called.
Snyder hasn't brought up the milestone to his team, but they know.
“I don't talk about it a whole lot but there's a lot of attention to it in town,” Snyder said. “They know it. It'll just come when it comes.”
He's also received quite a few phone calls and visits from former players, with several showing up last week and more expected this week.
Snyder took over as the head coach in Seminole in 1980 after several years as an assistant there.
He's considered leaving a few times but never pulled the trigger.
“It's entered my mind a couple times,” Snyder said. “Then I start looking around and thinking, ‘Gosh, I have it better than 99 percent of the people I know. Seminole hasn't changed much. The kids are still the same. You can coach a kid as hard as you want in football. The kids understand that and the parents understand that.
“I've had so many players and assistant coaches and I'm only on my fifth superintendent since I've been here. We've never not had great support from our administration.”