The defending Division III state champion Monadnock girls’ basketball team will be missing one very big name at the top next season.
Coach Curt Dutilley is relocating, and will not be returning for the 2019-20 season, Athletic Director Tom Cote confirmed Thursday.
Dutilley has coached the Huskies for the past seven years, leading them to two state titles in the past three seasons. They have also made the semifinals three straight years, the quarterfinals four straight years and earned a postseason berth in all seven during his tenure.
The Claremont native and Stevens High alum’s coaching career spans three decades and several different high schools.
His first varsity head coaching job was a three-year stint with the ConVal boys’ basketball team in the early 2000s, which included a heartbreaking three-point loss to Goffstown in the state championship game. His last job before taking the helm in Swanzey Center was with the Fall Mountain girls’ basketball team, which he led to two semifinal appearances in five years.
Monadnock — which finished tied for second in Division III at 15-3 in the regular season — graduated three starters from its championship roster: guards Caitlyn Boucher and Gwen Simpson and forward Colby Sanders. Boucher was named Division III Player of the Year, while Simpson made the All-Division Second Team and Sanders was an honorable mention.