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Fambrough: What grades do great coaches measure? I have a ‘rehearsal’ to start a debate

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The answers are often too limited because so many factors are relevant to any decision. Carlos Sample’s career is another example.

Is Carlos Sample a Hall of Fame Coach? Yes.

Did he arguably have the best 16-year stretch for a boys’ basketball coach in Louisiana’s highest classification? Yes.

If you put two Mount Rushmores together, one for boys basketball coaches in Baton Rouge and another for boys basketball coaches in Louisiana, where would Sample be?

Ask five people for their opinion and you might get five different answers. I say he belongs to both.

Sample’s decision to step down as Scotlandville manager after 16 seasons took people by surprise on Friday. It’s already sparked a small debate from some people who have taken to social media.

Does Carlos Sample top the class when it comes to Baton Rouge’s illustrious group of boy basketball coaches? My answer is yes.

Honestly, no one has done better than he did in Class 5A/Division I. The 54-year-old sample won 85 percent of his games, won eight LHSAA titles and had six second-place finishes spanning an unprecedented 14 straight titles. game appearances.

No, the select/nonselect situation does not diminish what Sample has achieved. Scotlandville had no choice in its placement. The Hornets always played one of the toughest game schedules that included a few domestic tournaments.

This is where it gets tricky. Sample won 482 games in Scotlandville and 676 in 26 seasons. His overall win rate is 77 percent when you add Sample’s nine years at his alma mater Istrouma and one season at Livonia.

Others have more career wins. A coach has more wins and titles. The late Southern Lab’s Joel Hawkins won 1,071 games and 11 titles in 13 seasons at Class 1A level.

My BR Mount Rushmore are Hawkins, Sample and Kenny Almond (932 wins, three titles), best known for his time with Woodlawn, and Glen Oaks coach Harvey Adger (920 wins, four titles).