North Pontotoc coach Shane Montgomery, whose girls basketball team reached the Class 4A state tourney semifinals this season, has announced that he will retire at the end of the school year.
Montgomery has coached boys and girls basketball, baseball, fastpitch/slowpitch softball and track 30 years in stops at North Pontotoc (1990-97, 2005-13), Tremont (1983-90) and Ripley (1997-05).
He won state championships in 2003 (Ripley, girls basketball) and in 2010 (North Pontotoc, fastpitch softball).
“I believe in fundamentals,” he said earlier this season. “That’s what all my teams work on.
“I’ve had good kids and good assistant coaches. It’s been a wonderful 30 years.”
His career record in girls basketball is 616-319 while his boys basketball mark is 87-174.
In softball, not counting this season, his fastpitch and slowpitch teams are 520-318.
He was the Daily Journal’s Coach of the Year three times: 2003 (girls basketball), 2007 (fastpitch softball) and 2008 (slowpitch softball).
A 1979 graduate of North Pontotoc, Montgomery attended ICC and graduated from Ole Miss with a degree in education. His wife of 29 years, Suzanne, and him have one son, Jordan, who is a junior at Ole Miss.
Morrow steps down at Itawamba AHS
Itawamba AHS girls basketball coach Amanda Morrow, 28, resigned this week after five seasons with the Lady Indians, four as head coach.
Her team finished 19-10 this season despite losing two starters during the year.
“I told the players, it’s nothing negative,” she said. “I’ve been given an opportunity to stay at home with my two babies.
“I love coaching; it’s always been a dream job. But, life changes. I’ll miss being around the players.”
Morrow says the next IAHS coach will have “a lot of talent” to work with.
“There are a lot of special kids coming up,” she said. “I have a lot of confidence that they’ll be fine.”
South Pontotoc honors ex-coach on Saturday
South Pontotoc High School will honor former basketball coach Robert Hooker with a reunion of players, managers and parents at 5 p.m. Saturday at the middle school cafeteria.
Hooker, a member of the Mississippi Association of Coaches Hall of Fame, coached girls basketball for 17 seasons at South Pontotoc.