Former South Laurel b'ball coach Steve Wright takes over Montgomery County's program

Steve Wright has compiled a 697-247 record during his 31 years as a high school head coach. He's coached at Walton-Verona, Laurel County, South Laurel, and Southwestern Pulaski. | File Photo

MONTGOMERY — After a three-year high school coaching hiatus, former South Laurel coach Steve Wright has decided to get back into the game.

Wright, who has spent the past two seasons as an assistant coach at Transylvania University, has been named head coach of Montgomery County High School’s boys varsity team.

“I put a lot of thought into this, but it didn’t take long to know what I was wanting to do,” Wright said. “There isn’t anything like high school basketball in the state of Kentucky.

“A lot of people might think I’m crazy or say I’m crazy for coming back into this, but it’s a good crazy,” he laughed. “To get the opportunity to work with the student-athletes is big to me. If I was gonna do something like this, I knew I needed to do it now.”

Wright has compiled a 697-247 record during his 31 years as a high school head coach. He’s coached at Walton-Verona, Laurel County, South Laurel, and Southwestern Pulaski.

He guided Laurel County to one regional title while leading South Laurel to six regional crowns and a state championship in 2005. He also guided Southwestern Pulaski to its only regional championship in 2012.

Now his job is to get Montgomery County back to its winning ways after seeing the Indians fail to advance past the first round of the 40th District Tournament the past three seasons.

“It’s going to be a big challenge,” Wright said. “There is a lot of work to be done. But this is a something that I want to, and I’m ready for the challenge.”

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