RFH Girls Basketball Coach George Sourlis wins 600 games

February 4th, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — January 31, 2014

 

RFH Girls Basketball Coach George Sourlis Notches

600th Win in Division “A” Game Against Holmdel

Celebrating a milestone win are the RFH Girls Basketball Team along with Head Coach George Sourlis (back row, sixth from left), Assistant Coaches Brielle O’Brien and Joe Roman (far left and far right back row) and Sourlis’s children Teddy (to right of George Sourlis), Eleni (front row, second from left) and Kyra (front row, third from right) who is a freshman playing for RFH.

 

Rumson — George Sourlis, Head Girls’ Basketball Coach at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School, reached a landmark on Friday, January 24 with his 600th win for the school.

The Lady Dawgs prevailed over Holmdel High School in a Class A Central Division game with a score of 44-38.

Junior Grace Stant was the game’s scoring leader for RFH with 15, while junior Janae Mayfield added 10 points and sophomore Stephanie Lesko added nine.

Sourlis, who has more wins than any other girls’ coach in Shore Conference history, is currently in his 28th season at RFH.

During his first season he racked up 22 wins and coached his sister Dorothy, an outstanding player who earned a full basketball scholarship to University of Michigan. 

Dorothy had convinced her brother to help out the team, which was in need of a coach. Sourlis initially planned on coaching for three years and leaving upon his sister’s graduation.

Instead, he became committed to continuing to build the team into the successful program it is today.

“George Sourlis is an incredible motivator and does a tremendous job of getting the most out of his players,” said Chris Lanzalotto, RFH Director of Athletics and Extracurricular Activities. “Most significantly, he creates an environment in which his players believe in him 100 percent and are willing to do whatever it takes to follow him on his quest for excellence.”

With Sourlis as Head Coach, the Lady Bulldogs have earned 14 Sectional State Titles (ten of them consecutive), 16 Shore Conference Division Titles, five State Group Titles, and five appearances in the semi-finals of the Tournament of Champions.

The RFH players celebrated the milestone win with balloons spelling out the number 600 and t-shirts imprinted with the number, as well as a commemorative basketball which they presented to their coach.

“This milestone is the culmination and result of a lot of hard work from so many players, coaches, and everyone surrounding and supporting our program,” said Sourlis. “I am the beneficiary of all of their efforts, so I dedicate and share this feat with them.”

 

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT –

Mary Ann Kampfe, RFHRHS Public Relations

mkampfe@rumsonfairhaven.org or 908-347-8885