Tony Harper is headed to where very few have gone before. 5:45pm Tuesday night, Montwood (18-2, 3-0) will host Coronado (20-1, 3-0) in a varsity boys basketball game at Tony Harper Gymnasium at Montwood High School. Harper started the boys basketball program there, and tomorrow night, the Rams will have a chance to win a game, earning Harper his #900 career basketball victory as head coach.
"We just want to make it a special day tomorrow, and it's a home game, so I'm looking forward to getting that 900th win," said Senior guard Ruben Lopez. Senior froward Anthony Davis added, "Obviously you can tell the way he coaches works, and when we play the way he wants us to play, we can beat anybody... And it's fun." Harper said of the game against Coronado tomorrow night, "Gosh, I hope it's not going through their minds, let's just say we're looking for the next game and that's Coronado, it's a district game and it's a big one."
Montwood is ranked 22nd in the state, while Coronado is ranked 15th.
Harper graduated from Austin High School, and attended Texas Western from 1964 to 1968, then began his coaching career at Burges High School in 1968. In 1985 he moved to El Paso High School as the head coach until 1990, then took over at Montwood. He was named the 2012 UIL Texas High School Basketball Coach of the Year.