Covering High School Sports in America
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, 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.