Steve Monks, the winningest boys basketball coach in Horseheads High School history, is retiring after 24 seasons.
Monks, 52, said Wednesday night that he handed in his retirement letter to the school in March.
“I just thought it was time,” he said. “I truly enjoyed every minute of it, but I think after 30 years total — 24 years as the varsity coach — that it was time to move on.
“I have enjoyed every single minute of it and love every kid I’ve ever coached. I had a great time doing what I did.”
Monks finished his career with 248 victories and guided the Blue Raiders to eight Section 4 championship games. Horseheads won the Section 4 title in 2000, then won a regional game against Pine Bush before falling to Mount Vernon.
Horseheads had a 4-12 record this season.
In addition, Horseheads won six division titles in the old Sullivan Trail Conference under Monks, along with another five in the Southern Tier Athletic Conference West Division. He also helped coach the Central Region to a gold medal at the Empire State Games along with former Elmira Free Academy coach Roger Hover.
Before taking over as varsity coach, Monks was the junior varsity coach at Horseheads for five seasons. He was JV coach at Odessa-Montour for one season before that.
Monks will continue as a physical eduction teacher at Gardner Road Elementary School and remain coach of the boys modified lacrosse team at Horseheads.
Look for more on Monks’ career Thursday at stargazette.com and in Friday’s print edition.