Bizarri reaches coaching milestone

Darren Bizarri leaning on cage of basketballsCongratulations to Darren Bizarri for recently reaching a milestone – winning his 200th game as the Braves men’s basketball coach.

“You focus on the next game. You try to be as good as you can be each night,” he said. “I’m fortunate to have had really good players and assistants. Over time, it adds up.”

Bizarri has coached the Braves since 2007 and is the winningest men’s basketball coach in BHC history.

“There seems to be less and less longevity when it comes to coaching basketball at the junior college level, so this is a milestone that Coach Bizarri should be very proud of,” said Arnie Chavera, BHC interim athletic director.

“I just love coaching kids and watching them improve,” said Bizarri, who also coached at Moline, Alleman and Westmer high schools.

“High school, college, AAU – the game doesn’t change and the same principles allow you to succeed at any level,” he said.

“It’s much more difficult to stop a team where everyone is a threat and understand that the more we work together offensively and are unselfish, the more everyone succeeds.”