When Michelle Frew became Rollins' first full-time softball coach in 1995, the Tars played their home games at a navy base, high school or a public park.
"The softball program was an embarrassment," Frew said. "[At the navy base], we would pick up rocks and golf balls. It was the craziest thing you've ever seen."
Almost as crazy as recently reaching the 600-victory mark with the program that once didn't have a home. Or walking around the small NCAA Division II campus in Winter Park and bumping into two other coaches who have experienced that same milestone with their teams this season.
Men's basketball coach Tom Klusman (609-340 in 33 years), women's basketball coach Glenn Wilkes Jr. (602-197 in 27 years) and Frew (609-253 in 17 years) could add to those totals in key games this week.
The Rollins women's basketball team (21-8) will face Lynn in a South Region quarterfinal at 8:30 Friday night in Fort Lauderdale. The Rollins men (19-10) will play Saint Leo in a South Region opener at 8:30 Saturday night in Lakeland. The Tars' softball team (28-2) will host Tampa for a three-game series beginning at 7 Friday night.
"We all support each other, and we get a lot of support, too, from our administration," Wilkes said of the Tars' 600-victory club. "IThere aren't too many schools with coaches who have coached as long as we have."
Said Klusman: "It's fun to be associated with them and to have worked together all these years. They're very professional, very organized.
"It's very impressive to watch them work."
Most of that work has come at Rollins. Neither Klusman nor Wilkes has been a head coach anywhere else. Frew, 43, came to Rollins after going 118-83 as the coach at Edison Community College in Fort Myers from 1992-95.
"[Six hundred victories] is quite special,'' said Frew, whose overall career record is 727-336. "We've come a long way.
"We used to be the doormat of the conference, and now everyone wants to beat us. It's a good feeling."
Wilkes knows that feeling. He played for his father at Stetson, then worked as an office supply salesman in Houston before coming to Rollins.
"I wanted to try to make some money, like a lot of kids do coming out of college," Wilkes said. "I just found I really missed the game and gravitated back toward the game."
Wilkes stays connected with his players. He has known senior Tera McDaniel, the former Edgewater standout who recently led Rollins to the SSC tournament title, since she attended his basketball camp when she was 6.
And he helped former Division II All-American Kenya Storr, who played at Rollins from 1997-2002, with a life-altering decision about whether to pursue a career in the WNBA or in dentistry.
"She asked me, 'Coach, what should I do? I've been accepted to dental school,'" Wilkes said. "And I said, 'Well, Kenya, you'll make more money in your first year out of dental school than you will in five years in the WNBA.'"
Klusman, 59, is the only one of the three 600-victory coaches to attend Rollins as an undergraduate. Klusman has found no reason to leave despite multiple offers.
"If you look at the total picture of Rollins, we've got everything," he said. "We've got the academics. We've got the weather. We've got the basketball.
"It's a pretty special place."
Klusman and Wilkes have been neighbors in the athletic building for 27 years, and the connection could grow if Klusman recruits Wilkes' sons Wyatt, 13, and Van, 11.
"I expect Tom to come over to the house and make a presentation in our kitchen,'' Wilkes said. "We'll see what he's got."
Klusman quickly accepted the invitation.
"I don't make a lot of presentations in anyone's kitchen, but if that what it takes, I'm very accommodating."
Who knows how many victories Klusman, Wilkes and Frew will have by then?