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A piece to the puzzle: Bedel credits teams for coaching success (with video)

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Hancock head coach Cory Bedel erupts with the rest of the Owl bench after an and-one call during the Hancock home opener against Wheaton/Herman-Norcross Dec. 7. Bedel earned his 100th coaching win in a 57-56 edging of West Central Area Tuesday, Dec. 18, in Barret. Brooke Kern / Stevens County Times2 / 2

Hancock head coach Cory Bedel insists that he has been only a piece of the puzzle for the Owl boys basketball team for the past eight seasons. Bedel, in his ninth season as coach, earned his 100th career coaching win when the Owls beat West Central Area Tuesday, Dec. 18, in Barrett.

“I’m just a piece of the puzzle,” Bedel said of the milestone. “The 100 wins honestly doesn’t matter. It’s all about team and family.”

Bedel started with the program at the start of the 2010-2011 season. His teams only won 22 games total in his first four seasons as head coach.

“The biggest was trying to implement my philosophy and everything I wanted in our program turned over,” Bedel said of his first few years. “It’s hard to do that in a year or two. It takes time to get everyone to believe in your system and really buy in.”

His career coaching record got a big boost after last year’s 25-win season that ended at the Section 6A championship game.

“Last year was definitely a memorable season, winning the conference and going undefeated in the conference was a huge goal of the teams coming into last season then winning the subsection,” Bedel said of his coaching highlights thus far.

Win or lose, Bedel knows that he always has at least one supporter in his wife Jodi, who has been at every single game except a handful during his tenure as coach.

“I’ve probably missed like five or so games due to meetings or something like that. I try to listen on the radio, and it drives me crazy,” Jodi said. “I like to be at the games, so he feels like he always has one fan cheering him on.”

“Of course I like to give him my input after every game, too” she said.

“She likes to tell me what I’m doing right and what I’m doing wrong. We have some fun with it,” Bedel said. “As a coach, you go through good and bad times, and it’s nice having her there at every game being supportive.”

“His favorite line is ‘I can apply for the position anytime’,” Jodi said.

The best thing about him coaching is, win or lose, when he comes home, he always starts with the positives of the game, Jodi said.

The Owls concluded the 2018 portion of their season at 6-0 after Tuesday’s win over West Central Area.

Bedel’s coaching record now sits at 100 wins to 107 losses.

Brooke Kern

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