Chris Vitous, one of the longest-tenured boys basketball coaches in San Diego, has resigned after 33 years, the last 22 at Mt. Carmel.
“I was going to go 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 really got along. There were no discipline or parental problems.
“We 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 started his coaching/teaching career at Eitwanda High in Rancho Cucamonga.
He moved to Poway, where was an assistant coach on Doug Wealch’s staff.
A U.S. History/Civics teacher, who was known for bringing World War II veterans to speak in his classes, Vitous started at Mt. Carmel in 1999.
One of his biggest accomplishments at Mt. Carmel was starting the Mt. Carmel Holiday Classic, a 16-team Christmas-break tournament that traditionally had eight local teams matched against eight teams from outside of the county.
“I’m really proud of that,” Vitous said.
“I’ll still help with that, at least for a while.”
In recent days, Kyle Smith at Westview and Marc Bayshore at Rancho Bernardo have resigned.
Smith was 199-149 in 12 years, including five 20-win seasons, going 23-6 in 2011-12.
Bayshore was 108-73 in seven years, including back-to-back 20-win seasons in 2015-16 and 2016-17.