Lamonta Stone Returns to River Rouge as Head Coach

5 Sep

mi-miriverrougehighschool-letter-150Few programs across the State of Michigan have the prestige and winning pedigree as River Rouge does.  Under the direction of Lofton Greene, head coach from 1945 through 1984, the Panthers captured 12 of their 14 Class B state titles, including five straight from 1961-1965, while amassing a 739-231 overall record.

The last of the Panthers’ two titles came in 1998 and 1999, with Lamonta Stone at the helm, and guard Brent Darby, who later went onto star at Ohio State University and eventually overseas before dying of blood clot related issues.

Stone makes his return to the Panther sideline for the 2014-2015 campaign after collegiate assistant coaching stints at Eastern Michigan, Ohio State, and Bowling Green State University.

Coach Stone replaces Bobby Thompson.  Thompson decided to step-down from the program after four seasons in which he went 60 and 32 during his time at Rouge, the best season being a 19-5 record in the 2011-2012 campaign competing in Class C and losing to eventually champion Flint Beecher in the quarterfinals.

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