As the high school basketball season concludes across the country, several coaches are in the news:
* Larry Niemeyer, who ranks third in Iowa on the all-time wins list, is stepping down after 34 years as the girls basketball coach at Jefferson (Cedar Rapids, Iowa)
. Overall, the 74-year-old Niemeyer has coached for 52 seasons and has posted a mark of 871-352. He went 537-261 at Jefferson, which included a state championship in 1993.
Niemeyer also made his mark on the softball diamond. He holds the record nationally for most softball wins with a record of 2,053-423 in 51 seasons. He won three state titles in that sport.
"I still enjoy coaching," Niemeyer told IowaPrepSports.com
, which chronicled his career. "Who knows what I'll do next year. I might coach somewhere else. I might be a volunteer coach somewhere. Maybe I won't do anything."
* As reported by Arkansas Preps, Marty Barnes is stepping down at Rogers (Ark.)
after a 31-year career that concluded with 605 wins. He went 162-66 in eight years at Rogers and won a state championship in 1985 at Russellville (Ark.).
* One of the top boys coaches in Utah, Steve Melessa resigned his position at Desert Hills (St. George, Utah)
. He led the Thunder to the Class 3A state title game this season. Melessa, who coached for 25 years according to The Spectrum, previously won a state title at Pine View in 2006.
* It took nearly 30 years and more than 600 wins, but Tampa Prep (Fla.)
coach Joe Fenlon finally realized every coach's dream – a state title.
"It's amazing to think that for 28 previous seasons I had never walked into a locker room after our last game where we were happy," Fenlon told The Tampa Tribune
. "I'm not often speechless, but at that moment I was speechless."
Tampa Prep beat Weston Sagemont 58-50 for the first championship in Fenlon's impressive career. His tenure includes 617 wins and four appearances in the title game, according to the newspaper.