Mike Gregory came to Edgerton High School in 1981.
His first coaching job came that same year when he was hired as an assistant in baseball.
Fast-forward 29 years later, and Gregory is still with the program.
On Tuesday, Gregory added to his already impressive coaching resume with varsity win No. 400 in baseball. He’s also been the school’s head football coach the last 19 seasons.
Never one to toot his own horn, Gregory was quick to praise former baseball coach Ron Green when talking about his career milestone.
“When I took over as head coach in 1989, the bus was already headed in the right direction because of what Ron had established,” Gregory said. “We went to state my first year as head coach and won state the second year.
“I think what I’m most proud of is the fact that since 1963, Edgerton has had only two baseball coaches—myself and Ron. I’ve been very fortunate.”
Gregory has won 12 conference baseball titles and numerous regional crowns, as well.
His career highlight remains the WIAA Division B state title in 1990.
Edgerton beat Luxemburg-Casco behind a one-hitter from Tim Achterberg in the championship game.
“I came into a great situation right away,” Gregory said. “It’s so hard to get to state because there are so many good teams, and we were able to make it my first two years here.
“The biggest difference is that during that 1990 season, we probably used four pitchers the entire year.
“We used seven pitchers just last week.”
Gregory is a 2017 Wisconsin Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame inductee and said he plans to continue coaching as long as he can. His career baseball record is 401-209.
He believes his approach to things—both on and off the field—has helped him find success.
“I’m honest and upfront with all my players,” Gregory said. “They know where they stand, and that if even if they’re the best player on the team, if they mess up, I’ll play somebody else.
“i don’t really look at it like I’ve been doing it a really long time. I’ve had good kids all along and great community support. I’m in a great situation.”
On the tournament trail
Grand Chute is the destination of choice for area baseball teams as the postseason begins next week.
In Division 2, Beloit Turner and Whitewater both earned No. 1 seeds as part of the Brodhead Sectional. Jefferson and Evansville are both No. 2 seeds.
A potential regional final matchup could find top-seeded Turner hosting Edgerton. The Crimson Tide swept the Trojans in a Rock Valley Conference doubleheader last Saturday.
In Division 3, Orfordville Parkview is a No. 3 seed and hosts sixth-seeded Monticello/Albany today in a regional quarterfinal game.