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One of New York’s finest: Legendary girls basketball coach, Ken Strube

One of New York’s finest: Legendary girls basketball coach, Ken Strube
Ken Strube had a career coaching record of 588-156 over his 33 seasons at the high school level and entered the NYSPHSAA Hall of Fame last year. (Courtesy: @ShenAthletics/Twitter)

LATHAM, N.Y. (BVM) — Ken Strube is known as one of the most historic girls basketball coaches in the state of New York. The long-time coach has accounted for many of the records in Section 2 of the NYSPHSAA.

Strube’s success at the high school girls basketball level spans over three decades. The Shenendehowa High School coach holds records for most wins and state championships in Section 2, while ranking in the top five in all of New York for total wins.

Starting as a teacher and voluntary assistant coach on the basketball team, Strube later went on to take over the team in 1979. At one point in Shenendehowa’s historic run, the Lady Plainsmen were able to capture 112 straight league wins from 1986-94.

Gathering a total record of 588-156 over his 33-year coaching career, Strube’s teams have gone on to win four NYSPHSAA State Championships. Along with Strube’s list of accomplishments at the helm, Shenendehowa secured 22 Suburban Council Championships, two Section 2 titles, and was victorious nine times in Regional Championships.

A couple seasons after his coaching start, Strube became a league basketball chairman and was a member of the Section 2 girls basketball committee from 1982-99. Strube’s coaching career at Shenendehowa High School lasted from 1979 until his retirement from head of the Lady Plainsmen in 2012.

Strube grew up a little over 15 miles south of Clifton Park, where he graduated from Colonie High School. After high school, Strube attended Ithaca College and Siena College where he finished with degrees in mathematics and accounting.

With many recent honors, Strube was inducted into the NYSPHSAA Hall of Fame last year along with six others. This is one of many hall of fame inductions for Strube, as the coach has been inducted into the Shenendehowa Athletic Hall of Fame, the New York State Baseball Hall of Fame and the Capital District Basketball Hall of Fame over the years.

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