Kortokrax, 75, returning next season

Updated: May 14, 2009, 9:49 AM ET
Associated Press

KALIDA, Ohio -- The winningest high school boys basketball coach in Ohio has been kept on by a school board that had hinted it wanted him to retire.

Wednesday night's decision means 75-year-old Dick Kortokrax will have at least one more year at Kalida High School in northwest Ohio.

Two years ago, he was diagnosed with bladder cancer and agreed to leave after the 2008-09 season. But his health improved and his team made it to the state title game this year, so Kortokrax asked to stay. However, the school board chose to interview other candidates.

In the end, school officials opted to give Kortokrax a new, one-year contract, not the three years he had asked for.

He has won 785 games during his 49-year career.


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