Kontny steps down as SHS hoop coachDuring his 10 years as head coach of the Spartan boys, Kontny compiled a 157-59 record. Superior advanced to the sectional tournament five times in the past seven seasons and claimed the sectional title in 2011. The Spartans also won seven Lake Superior Conference titles during Kontny’s tenure.
By: Emily Kram, Superior Telegram
The Superior High School boys basketball team will have a new coach for the 2013-14 season.
Dave Kontny, head coach of the Spartans for the past 10 seasons, announced this week that he has resigned.
“There comes a time in everyone’s life where priorities change and that is where I am at,” Kontny said. “With my son starting college and this being my daughter’s senior year (at SHS) I cannot continue to put my coaching career ahead of everything else. Coaching is a high-energy job that takes up a lot of time out of season as well as during the season.
“My wife and children … have been my backbone throughout my entire career. Their sacrifices have allowed me to be around the game I have always had a deep passion to teach.”
During his 10 years as head coach of the Spartan boys, Kontny compiled a 157-59 record. Superior advanced to the sectional tournament five times in the past seven seasons and claimed the sectional title in 2011. The Spartans also won seven Lake Superior Conference titles during Kontny’s tenure.
“I started in 1986 as the Superior sophomore team coach, and now I finish 27 years later as the head coach,” Kontny said. “It’s truly been a dream come true for me. I have been blessed with great athletic kids that have bought into a hard-nosed but fun and exciting system of play over the past 10 seasons.”
Ray Kosey, Superior High School activities director, said he was prepared for Kontny’s resignation.
“Coach (Kontny) and I had talked about it at the end of last season,” Kosey said. “I told him to take some time to think about it, so it wasn’t a surprise to me.”
The search for Kontny’s replacement will begin within the next few weeks. Notice of the open position will be posted at the start of the school year, and Kosey said he would like to have a new coach in place by the end of September.
Once the new head coach is named, the junior varsity and assistant positions will also be filled.
“It’s been a great ride and I will take a lot of great memories with me,” Kontny said. “After going 6-15 my first season I still remember the talks I would have after every year in the offseason with my returning players. I would tell them, ‘We are going to build something special here together, we are going to work hard together, we are going to believe in one another together and we are going to make winning an expectation.’ And we did.”
The Spartans finished with a 20-4 overall record last season — one of three 20-win seasons for Kontny. He also had one season each with 17, 18 and 19 wins.
Kontny said he wished to thank all of his players and assistant coaches for their hard work over the years and the fans for their energetic support of the Spartans. He also expressed gratitude to the administration and to the custodians and engineers who worked behind the scenes “making sure everything was ready to go every day.”