Mike Strong, principal and head boys basketball coach at Pahranagat Valley High, announced he is stepping down and turning over the program to his son, Michael Strong.
The older Strong has been coaching for the past 25 years, since 1992 in some capacity at PVHS and was head coach at Moapa Valley from 2005 to 2007.
He took the Panthers to a 26-3 record, the league and regional championships, and to the state 1A finals this year where they lost to Mineral County.
Under Strong, 52, PVHS won the title in 1998 and 2006, and finished as runner-up five times. Earlier this year, Strong won the 300th game of his career, including two stints at Pahranagat, to finish at 304-252.
Michael Strong, 29, is a resource teacher at the school, and the school has the ability to hire from within when a vacancy occurs. He has served as assistant coach for the past couple of years. Strong was part of the Panthers 2006 championship team.
Mike Strong, a 1983 graduate of PVHS himself, said he first came on board “as an assistant girls basketball coach, when I was a student teacher here in 1992.”
He added, “I’ve been blessed to have good coaches around me during my time and work with good kids, parents, fans, etc. Now, we have younger people ready to go, time to turn the program over to them.”
Strong will continue to serve as principal at the high school and admitted, “It is really hard being the head coach and the principal of both the high school and middle school. Time to let the younger guys do their thing, put their stamp on it.”
He left Pahranagat for Moapa Valley to be head coach in 2005, where he compiled a record of 21-35, but returned to Alamo in 2007. Although he served as assistant coach at times, he didn’t take the program over a second time until Brian Higbee stepped down in 2013.
Michael Strong, a graduate of Dixie State University, has coaching experience at both Pine View High and Pine View Middle School in St. George, Utah. He has also served on the coaching staff for the Panthers football teams.
He will take over the program for whatever camps the boys may be involved in this coming summer.