Chris Vitous, one of San Diego’s longest-serving men’s basketball coaches, resigned after 33 years, the last 22 at Mt. Carmel.
“I was going to go for another two years, but the school district offered early buyouts and I accepted,” said Vitous, 58.
“I’m going to miss it, especially because of the team we had this season. It was a great group, a bunch of guys who got along really well. There were no discipline or parenting issues.
“We have started four juniors and have a good JV team so the future is bright.”
This year’s team was 11-16 overall and finished second in the Palomar League.
A graduate of San Pasqual High, Vitous began his coaching / teaching career at Eitwanda High in Rancho Cucamonga.
He moved to Poway, where Doug Wealch was assistant staff coach.
A history / civics teacher in the United States, known for getting WWII veterans to speak in his classes, Vitous started at Mt. Carmel in 1999.
One of his greatest accomplishments at Mt. Carmel was starting Mt. Carmel Holiday Classic, a 16-team Christmas holiday tournament that traditionally featured eight home teams played against eight out-of-county teams.
“I’m really proud of this,” Vitous said.
“I’m still going to help with that, at least for a while.”
In recent days, Kyle Smith of Westview and Marc Bayshore of Rancho Bernardo have resigned.
Smith was 199-149 in 12 years, including five 20-game seasons, 23-6 in 2011-12.
Bayshore was 108-73 in seven years, including consecutive 20-game winning seasons in 2015-16 and 2016-17.