Koutoufas Steps Down at Menchville

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>One of the most respected High School Basketball
coaches in Virginia has decided to step aside.
Dennis Koutoufas,
a man that has coached 29 seasons at three different schools in the Peninsula
District, turned in his resignation at Menchville
High School in Newport News.

went 65-35 in four seasons at Menchville to bring his
career coaching record to 438-255. Only
Jack Baker of Maury (695 wins) and Hampton's Walter Brower (571 wins) had more
wins among active coaches in the Tidewater area.
style=> With the Monarchs, he won three
conference/district tournament crowns in four years, never doing so with the #1

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>"The last four years were pretty good.
style=> Working with
normal'>Greg Henderson (AD), Bobby
Surry (Principal) and the people at Menchville
was fabulous. And I got to know a bunch
of good kids. Those were all pluses,"
class=SpellE>Koutoufas told

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>"At the present time, the demands are too strong for me
with what I have going on in my life with my family."

63, is the grandfather of triplets. His
daughter and grandchildren reside in South Carolina, making it challenging to
see them during the holidays when the basketball season is in full swing.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>"The responsibilities of coaching now are yearlong,"
class=SpellE>Koutoufas explained.
"I want to spend a month in the summer in South Carolina.
style=> Even if I have someone else do it and I'm
coaching, I'm not comfortable with it completely because I feel like I'm supposed
to be there."

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>In a combined 25 years at Denbigh and Heritage - - 12
with the Patriots first and 13 then with the Hurricanes - - Koutoufas
went 373-220. He won six Peninsula
District Tournament titles during his career and made the State Tournament four

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Winning quickly became the norm for Koutoufas
at Denbigh, where he was 178-108 with three straight Peninsula District regular
season titles from 1986-88. His tenure
there was highlighted by making the State Tournament semifinals in 1987,
eventually falling to Robinson by a count of 55-28.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>At Heritage, Koutoufas guided
the Hurricanes to the Group AAA State Tournament on three occasions.
style=> That included the school's first ever Eastern
Region Tournament appearance in 1999-2000, followed by a stunning upset of
previously 23-0 Salem on their way to making a trip to the State Playoffs.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Working his magic yet again at Menchville
would be no easy task given that he inherited a program that went 26-43 over
the three seasons prior to his arrival.
But the outgoing senior class experienced only one losing season and
made regionals three times, going 18-7 this past season with Green Run knocking
them out, 50-43 in the 5A-South Region Tournament quarterfinals.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>How does Koutoufas reflect
back on one of the more success basketball coaching career that Hampton Roads
has seen the past quarter-century? With
the grace and class that made him looked up to by so many of his peers.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>"When I got started, if you told me that I would've had
four wins I would've been happy. I ended
up with over 400," said Koutoufas.
style=> "I've never been one with gargantuan
expectations, but we've done well. I
think I've averaged over 15 wins per year, and more than anything, have been
able to do something I enjoy. Being able
to associate with some of the people I've gotten to be around over the years in
basketball has made it real fun."



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