Mennillo retires as PHS boys basketball coach

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PARKERSBURG, WV (WTAP)--Long time Parkersburg High boys varsity basketball coach Jeff Mennillo announced his retirement Friday after a 14 year run courtside with the Big Reds.

Mennillo said he began thinking about retirement 3 years ago and he wanted to wait until this year's group of seniors finished their final seasons before stepping down.

He's been ahead coach for the last 31 years, including a stint at Parkersburg Catholic that included a Class A state championship.

In his time as head coach, Mennillo took teams to the West Virginia state basketball tournament 9 times and played in 4 championship games.

He guided the Big Reds to regional championships and state tournament appearances in 2012 and 2016, and over his career has more than 400 victories to his credit.

Of his decision to retire, Mennillo said, "While I am sad to step away from coaching and the sport that I love, I feel that it's the right time for me. My 2018-19 team, despite our record, was one of the most rewarding for me. We couldn't have asked for more from the kids and I know that these young men will all go on to do great things." He continued, "Basketball has been a way of life for me and my family for over 30 years. We've sacrificed a lot and I am now ready to travel, embark on some potential business opportunities, and enjoy my family. We're expecting our first grandchild any day now and I'm excited to begin that phase of my life."