Steve Perkovich, who spun a woeful Clovis High girls basketball program into an annual winner in seven seasons, has resigned as coach.
Inheriting a program that had gone 22-83 in four years before he took over in the 2008-09 season, he went 139-68, including five 20-win campaigns, and never had a losing record.
The Cougars weren't able to unseat Clovis West as Tri-River Athletic Conference champion, but the Golden Eagles felt their presence as Clovis placed second six times under Perkovich.
He said he will continue to teach physical education at Clovis feeder Clark Intermediate while also planning on coaching that school's seventh-grade girls team next year and the eighth-grade team the following season before possibly retiring all together when he would then be 62 years old. He has worked at Clovis Unified for 31 years.
"I will keep myself available to the next person coming and can be relied upon to be a resource behind the scenes if need be," he said. "I felt it was important to turn it over while I can be a liason while I'm still here. Taking over the program from where it was seven years ago to where it is now has taken a lot of energy. The lower-level numbers are good and the program is healthy, so I just felt this was the right time."
Clovis is well into the replacement process, he said, and a new hire should be announced soon.