Across the state high school basketball coaches are working with their teams at practices, scrimmages and preseason games with the hope that the hard work will pay off with a trip to the tourney in February.

As the December 9th opening night approaches, we have a chance to take a look at some of the most successful coaches to patrol the sidelines.

Among active coaches, Boothbay HS boys coach IJ Pinkham is the clubhouse leader in wins with 603. Lawrence HS coach John Donato is the girls leader with 507 victories.

The 600-win club consists of just two coaches - Dick Barstow and Pinkham.

The 500-win club is made of five coaches and Camden Hills boys coach Jeff Hart is likely next to join among active coaches. He has 484 wins.

PCHS coach Jamie Russell is one of Maine's top historians on the subject of Maine high school hoops and part of his work tracking history is the list of coaches. Russell was a guest on Tuesday's 'Morning Pitch Show'...

600 Wins
Barstow, Dick 664 Sherman, Katathdin, CA, Waterville, PI girls
Pinkham, IJ 603 Buckfield, Boothbay boys
500 Wins
Reed, Roger 573 BC, Bangor boys
Kane, Gavin 525 Rangeley boys, Dirigo boys & girls, Spruce Mtn, Mt. Blue girls
Alley, Ordie 511 Jonesport-Beals boys
Clark, Rick 509 York boys & girls
Donato, John 507 Houlton, Hall-Dale, Mt. View, Messalonskee, Lawrence girls
400 Wins
Wentworth, George 489 Lawrence, Stearns boys
Hart, Jeff 484 Camden Hills boys
Brown, Bob 470 Belgrade, Williams, Rockland, SP, EL, BE, Cheverus boys
Vachon, Paul 467 Messalonskee, Cony girls
Littlefield, Dwight 467 Valley boys
Halligan, David 466 Falmouth boys
Bessey, Jim 463 Mt. Blue, Madison boys
Dibiase, Tony 429 Machias, Noble, Gorham, Portland, S.Portland, Gray-NG, Scarborough
Cimbolek, Bob 426 Ft.Fairfield, Orono, Bangor, John Bapst boys
Feeney, Ed 415 Portland girls
McAvoy, Billy 414 CA, Katahdin, SA boys
Karter, Mark 406 Rumford, Mtn. Valley, Westbrook, Gorham boys
Hamlin, Tony 400 MCI, Morse, South Portland, Penquis boys