Kuwitzky Not Returning for 29th Season at Maryville

By Matt Tritten | mtritten@kq2.com

Published 02/20 2014 11:04PM

Updated 02/20 2014 11:31PM

(MARYVILLE, Mo.) For nearly 30 years, Mike Kuwitzky's been the face of Maryville Spoofhounds basketball, but the longtime coach isn't expecting to be back on the sideline next season.

Kuwitzky told his team prior to Wednesday's contest that it would be his final home game as the squad's head coach. He said Thursday that he found out changes are coming in the April school board meeting, and his coaching contract wouldn't be renewed.

"They feel it's time for a change, and so it's time to move on," Kuwitzky said. "I'm looking forward to concentrating on my teaching."

Maryville superintendent Larry Linthacum would not comment on the coach's contract not getting renewed, but commended him on his time with the 'Hounds.

"Coach Kuwitzky has done so much for our school, for the program. It will not be an easy task (to replace him)," Linthacum said.

This season Maryville is struggling with a 5-16 record, but they've had recent success under Kuwitzky. The Spoofhounds appeared in the district title game in three of the last four seasons, including a run to the quarterfinals in 2010.

"I've always felt like our kids have worked hard, and I felt like we've had a really solid program," Kuwitzky said.

Through his 28 years in Maryville, Kuwitzky's won 476 games and made three trips to the state final four.

The coach says he does plan to continue teaching in the Maryville school district, and isn't ruling out the possibility that he will coach again in the future.

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