Former Pittsburg State head women’s basketball coach Steve High resigned from his current position as head women’s basketball coach at Dodge City Community College last week.



The Conquistadors finished the 2010-11 season with a 7-23 mark overall and 0-16 in the Jayhawk Western Conference. They finished their season with 18 straight losses after starting the season 7-5. Their losing streak started after Dodge City won six of seven games.

Former Pittsburg State head women’s basketball coach Steve High resigned from his current position as head women’s basketball coach at Dodge City Community College last week.

The Conquistadors finished the 2010-11 season with a 7-23 mark overall and 0-16 in the Jayhawk Western Conference. They finished their season with 18 straight losses after starting the season 7-5. Their losing streak started after Dodge City won six of seven games.

“We just appreciate what High has done the last four years at Dodge,” said DCCC athletic director Howie Smith said.
High spent four years with Dodge City, compiling a 21-100 overall record.

“The success wasn’t there like I’m sure he had hoped,” said Smith.

Prior to his four years at Dodge City, High spent 18 years as head coach of the Gorillas, leading them to a pair of MIAA championships and five NCAA Division II National Championship berths.

High is still the winningest women’s basketball coach at Pittsburg State, racking up 299 wins.

During High’s 18-year tenure at PSU, all but two of his student-athletes that completed their eligibility graduated and the team’s academic grade point average during that same time was 3.377.

Before coming to PSU, High was an assistant coach at the University of Nebraska from 1986-89. During his stint at Nebraska, the Huskers won their first and only conference title in 1987, and a berth in the NCAA National Championship tournament. Nebraska followed it up with a return trip to the tournament in 1988.

High also led Linn-Mar (Neb.) High School to its first-ever girl’s state basketball tournament and was Metro Coach of the Year in 1984 and 1985 as well as conference and state Coach of the Year in 1985.

According to Smith, Dodge City will begin a search for a new head coach and plan to have the position filled by the middle of April.

High’s son Taylor, a Girard High School graduate, was an assistant for Steve High at Dodge City. Smith said that he does not know Taylor High’s plans, but said that if he were to apply for the vacancy, he would be considered for the job.

“Everybody that applies and meet the job criteria will be considered,” said Smith.

Mary Albl in Dodge City contributed to this report.

Matthew Clark can be reached at matthew.clark@morningsun.net or at 620-231-2600, Ext. 140