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“I didn’t realize that I had accumulated so many wins.”

Coach Wi Sung-woo (53), who is nearing his 300th win for the first time in women’s professional basketball history, made the remarks with a calm expression as usual. As of Wednesday, Wi has recorded 298 wins and 82 losses (78.6 percent winning rate). Woori has 14 wins and three losses this season, ranking second in the 2023-24 regular season. If the current pace is maintained, Woori is most likely to set a milestone of 300 wins within this month.라바카지노

I recently met Coach Wi Sung-woo at Woori Bank’s training site in Seongbuk-gu, Seoul. “I thought that I would be able to achieve 300 wins at the start of this season. Since then, I have forgotten about it due to my busy schedule in games and fierce competition in rankings. I only think about winning the next game, but I don’t look back on past victories,” Wi said.

His 300 wins is considered a “great record.” Lim Dal-sik, former coach of Shinhan Bank (199 wins, 61 losses, 76.5 percent winning rate), who ranks second in the most wins in women’s professional basketball, has a gap of nearly 100 wins. Above all, his winning rate is close to 80 percent. It is hard to find a leader in Korean pro sports who has consistently achieved a high winning rate like Wi.

Coach Wi said, “The victory was made by players who sweated on the court. Coach Wi is more accurate in saying ‘Woori Bank did it’ than ‘I did it’ because he only collects wins as a representative.”

When he was an active player, Wi was an unknown player who scored an average of 3.4 points in all six seasons. He had never earned an annual salary of 100 million won as a player. Still, he never skipped training for a single day. “I was neither a basketball graduate nor a star. Still, when I was training, I rushed as if it were a real game. I followed the flow of the game without paying attention to the bench,” Wi recalled.

She worked as a coach at Shinhan Bank for seven years from 2005, a year after her retirement. She won six championships in both the regular league and championship games. With ample experience, she took charge of Woori Bank ahead of the 2012-13 season. Back then, Woori was the last team in the league, having only won single digits in four consecutive seasons.

Coach Wi conducted an owl-like hell drill, which continued into the late night. When players showed signs of fatigue or disarray, he issued loud yelling orders to wake them up. This gave coach Wi the nickname “Tiger Inside.” “I was a player who had nothing to see, but I wanted to be a coach who had nothing to see.” At that time, all I thought was to shake off the sense of defeat of the players through intensive physical training. Of course, I didn’t have time to think about winning 300 games,” Wi said.

Under Wi, Woori Bank transformed into a strong team. He became the unified champion for six consecutive years from his first season as a coach, and established the “our dynasty.” “The most memorable game was my debut match (against KDB Life Insurance). I was so nervous that I could not replace any players until the end of the match. I was a completely new coach,” Wi said with a big smile. “I am grateful to Coach Jeon Ju-won, Coach Lim Young-hee, and Coach Park Hye-jin, who have shared the joys and sorrows with me so far.”

Director Wi Sung-woo, 12th year head coach. Reporter Woo Sang-jo
Wi has been leading Woori for 12 consecutive seasons this year. He is the longest serving coach in women’s professional basketball. Long run’s secret is his “customized leadership” like a chameleon. Instead of yelling “tiger” recklessly, he has evolved into an experienced “fox” who enjoys “pushing and pulling” with players.

He also has excellent eye for players and ability to form a team. He brought in ace players who had never won in other teams, including Kim Jong-un and Kim Dan-bi, and let them blend into the team. They were also instrumental in winning the title at Woori Bank. “I thought it was important to unite as a ‘one team’. We emphasized the atmosphere in which existing players and transfer players can create synergy,” Wi said.

Wi’s challenge will continue. Woori, the defending champion, is seeking its second consecutive championship this season. To do so, the team must beat KB Stars (16 wins and two losses), which ranks first. “Only the first place in sports will survive. A beautiful runner-up is useless,” Wi said. “Winning the title is not easy because there are many injured people. That’s why I am playing with the spirit of a challenger rather than a champion. I have to deal with something long and short like my life in basketball.”

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