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April 1, 2011 at 3:15 PM

Montzingo steps down as Kentwood girls basketball coach

Dean Montzingo has resigned as the Kentwood girls basketball coach after two seasons, citing a desire to spend more time with his family.

Montzingo, who coached the Kentwood boys for five years before resigning at the end of the 2005-06 season, took over the girls program when Keith Hennig stepped down after leading the Conquerors to the 2009 4A state title — also for family purposes.

“I originally said I’d put in a minimum of two years,” said Montzingo, who coached the Kentwood boys to the 2004 state championship. “It was a lot of fun coaching these girls. But I’ve seen again how much time there is involved in year-round coaching. I have other things I’d like to do with my family.”

The Conqueror girls qualified for the state playoffs in each of his two seasons. After going 23-7 in 2009-10, including a 1-2 performance at the state tournament, they just missed a return to the quarterfinals this year, losing in overtime to Edmonds-Woodway to finish 19-8.

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