Rodio, South Jersey's all-time leader in coaching victories, joins St. Anthony of Jersey City's Bob Hurley, who is still active with 1,093 wins, as well as the late Jerry Molloy, who won 900 at four nonpublic schools in North Jersey, as the only coaches in the state to reach 800.
"It means a lot to a lot of other people," Rodio said Sunday after his team beat Eastern in a clash of Top 5 teams at the Cherry Hill East Invitational. "It's big for the school. It's big for South Jersey to have a coach with that many wins.
"It means I've been around a long time."
Rodio, 61, said he has no plans to retire. He has been the Hermits' coach since the 1977-78 season.
He has a young team that features sophomores Mike Vasturia and Sa'eed Nelson and freshman Justyn Mutts.
But - as has been typical of Rodio's teams through the years - the Hermits also have good senior leadership from players who have been members of the program for four years such as Nate Segal and Brian Seward.
"He's a great guy," Segal said of Rodio. "He does so much for us on the court and off. Everybody has so much respect for him."
Before the season, St. Augustine appeared to be in a bit of a rebuilding mode with a lot of inexperienced athletes and veterans who had been role players through their careers.
But the Hermits are 19-2 and No. 3 in The Inquirer's South Jersey rankings. They will be the No. 2 seed in the Non-Public South A tournament.
"The formula is nobody cares who scores," Rodio said of the Hermits. "That's what I like about this team. Nobody cares who gets the credit."
South Jersey's Top 10 in Wins
Here are South Jersey's Top 10 in career coaching victories in boys' basketball, according to sports historian Chuck Langerman. Records are through Monday, except for Rodio's.
1. Paul Rodio* St. Augustine 800
2. Clarence Turner Camden 775
3. Jim Crawford Camden Catholic 713
4. Paul Collins* Willingboro, Riverside,
Burlington City 685
5. Tom Feraco* Middle Township 679
6. Lou Schantz Salem 625
7. Joe Kessler* Shawnee 575
8. John Valore* Cherry East East,
Cumberland, Camden 566
9. Bill Hiltner Millville, Sterling 523
10. Ken Faulkner Burlington Township 521
* - Active coaches