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Western Dubuque boys' basketball coach Dennis Geraghty retires after winning 500 games

Western Dubuque's head boys' basketball coach Dennis Geraghty speaks to his team between the first and second quarters of a Class 4A boys' basketball substate game against Cedar Rapids Jefferson at Jefferson High School in Cedar Rapids, February 20, 2017. (Cliff Jette/The Gazette)
Western Dubuque's head boys' basketball coach Dennis Geraghty speaks to his team between the first and second quarters of a Class 4A boys' basketball substate game against Cedar Rapids Jefferson at Jefferson High School in Cedar Rapids, February 20, 2017. (Cliff Jette/The Gazette)

CEDAR RAPIDS — Dennis Geraghty’s tremendous boys’ basketball coaching career ends with 500 wins. Exactly.

Geraghty announced his retirement Wednesday at Western Dubuque, where he has been for 10 seasons. He won his 500th-career game in WD’s regular-season finale.

In 39 years as a head prep coach, Geraghty finished with a 500-347 record. He made stops at Tipton, West Delaware, Dubuque Hempstead, Creston, Parkersburg, Preston and Lakeview High School in Columbus, Neb.

“I talked to the players today about a decision I have pondered, prayed with and discussed with family and friends with over the last two weeks,” Geraghty said in an e-mail. “It is never easy stepping away from something you love, but sometimes the timing of it just makes it a little easier. I really felt the timing was perfect for me to finally retire from coaching ...”

Western Dubuque went 15-7 this season and tied for the Wamac Conference East Division championship. The school will move to the mostly-Class 4A Mississippi Valley Conference next season.

Geraghty said having someone new come in and establish the program in that conference also was a factor in his decision to retire. He said he hoped longtime assistant Wayne Cusick would replace him but would support whomever is chosen.

“The timing of this couldn’t be better,” he said. “We had a very satisfying year, I have great memories of this year, and the team and school gets ready for new challenges in the MVC. I feel a new coach deserves to put his stamp on the program as the school moves in to a new era.

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“I don’t want this to be a sad time. It should be a celebration, and I am totally at peace that I made the right decision for my family, for the school, and for the basketball program.”

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