Chuck Adamopoulos began his high school head coaching career in 1997 watching the longest yardage on a long road trip to New Bedford.

Twenty-five years later, the Central Catholic coach has added his name to the state’s elite.

The Raiders cruised to a 42-21 victory over Haverhill on Friday night, making Adamopoulos the 57th coach in state history to reach 200 wins. Not one to shy away from fame, a large circle of coaches and friends made it difficult for the popular Adamopoulos to avoid the subject.

“It was good to have it done, people were talking about it a lot,” Adamopoulos said. “Obviously, I knew I was going to win 200, but I didn’t really focus on it until I was getting hugs and congratulations after the game.

“As I tell everybody, this is a success of a program. I tell all my coaches and former players that they are a big part of this. It’s good to hear from a lot of them.”

Like most coaches who’ve been in the business for more than a quarter-century, Adamopoulos never envisioned moving out when he took up residence in New Bedford in 2022. Adamopoulos, one of the most easy-going coaches in the business, joked with his staff after escaping the opener with a 21-19 win over the Whalers.

“We had to stop a potential 2-point play at the end of the game,” said Adamopoulos, whose 1997 team won back-to-back Super Bowl titles. “When we got on the bus, I told my assistants that at least we know we’re not going 0-11.”

Adamopoulos said many of his methods come from his father, Arthur Adamopoulos. A coaching icon at Peabody where he won 129 games over 20 years (1961-1981), Adamopoulos was a no-nonsense type uninterested in personal glory, preferring to see the credit given to his players.

“I think if my dad was alive and you asked him about me winning 200 games, he’d probably say something like ‘big deal’ or ‘goody goody gum drops,'” Adamopoulos said with a laugh. “I remember when he was elected to the Hall of Fame, he was in Florida and didn’t want to come back for it. People were telling me you have to call your dad because he wasn’t coming. We At last he succeeded in coming.

“My dad’s big thing was discipline. He always said that kids respond to discipline if you’re consistent with it. That’s something I’ve always tried to do throughout my coaching career. Tried.”

There is no question that the Adamopoulos approach works. It’s not just the wins, but the way the program has conducted itself over the years. John DiBiaso had butted heads with Adamopoulos several times in his years at Everett before leaving for Catholic Memorial and speaking highly of his mainline Catholic counterpart.

“Chuck’s just a good guy, he’s able to put everything in perspective and that’s probably because of his dad being a coach,” said DiBiaso, whose 348 wins ranks second on the all-time list. are on “There are no gimmicks when you play them, they’re always fundamentally sound. They know what they want to do on offense and defense and do it well.

Not surprisingly, when Adamopoulos reached his milestone, he received countless congratulatory messages from former players and coaches. One comes from former Bridgewater-Raynham coach and athletic director Dan Bruin.

“Even though we never actually played, I always had a lot of respect for Dan Bruin,” Adamopoulos said. “To get a good text from him and guys I used to coach like Peter Flynn in Billerica, it was very satisfying.”

Sweet 16

1. Catholic Memorial (6-0): The Knights held off a struggling Malden Catholic to extend their winning streak to 23.

2. King Philip (7-0): The Warriors have a bye to face a dangerous North Attleboro squad.

3. Xaverian (6-1): The Hawks get their crack at top dog Catholic Memorial this week.

4. Andover (7-0): The Golden Warriors held off Lowell to win the MVC at-large title.

5. Central Catholic (5-2): Congratulations to longtime head coach Chuck Adamopoulos on his 200th win.

6. St. John’s Prep (5-2): The Eagles pulled away from an upset BC High team in the second half.

7. Reading (7-0): Lexington is all that stands in the way of Reading and an undefeated regular season.

8. Mansfield (6-1): Trevor Foley shut down all of his stats in one half of work.

9. Milton (7-0): Back on the gridiron against an improving Natick team.

10. Duxbury (6-0): The Dragons did what they’ve done all year and that’s take care of business.

11. Milford (6-1): Nice bounce-back effort against a tough Barnstable squad.

12. Peabody (7-0): Dialed it up on both sides of the ball against Gloucester.

13. Everett (6-1): Six straight lopsided wins for the Crimson Tide.

14. Franklin (5-1): Impressive effort in the way they handled Attleboro.

15. Billerica (7-0): The Indians survived a major scare to remain undefeated against North Andover.

16. BROCKTON (6-1): Mauricio Powell and Oluwakolade Osinobi had no trouble racking up yardage against New Bedford.