Portsmouth Coaches Total State Appearances/State Championships Combined

Portsmouth High School has a rich history of very successful coaches who have a combined total of 40 state appearances and 15 state championships. Below is a listing of all Trojan coaches who have won state titles at PHS, have taken PHS to the state tournament, or have taken schools elsewhere to the same level. State titles are listed with asterisks.

Portsmouth Coaches who took the Trojans to the state tournament:

Gail Vanoorsdall..............1925
Red Hopkins....................1926, 1927, 1929, 1931*, 1934
Paul Jenkins....................1939
Peg Ellcesser...................1941
George Heller..................1961*
Dick Hopkins...................1978*, 1980
Joe Suboticki...................1988*, 1990
Eugene Collins................2011, 2012

Other PHS coaches or PHS graduates who took other schools to the state tournament and/or won state titles:

Paul Walker...................1947*, 1952*, 1953*, 1956*, 1957*, 1958, 1959, 1976...........all with Middletown
Mike Haley.....................1976*, 1981*, 1982* with Dayton Roth, 1984 and 1987* with Dayton Dunbar
Mike Lovenguth.............1984, 1989 with Wheelersburg
Jeff Lisath......................2009 with Piketon
George Hill....................1966 with Lancaster
Allan Hatcher.................5 appearances with Williamson, WV and Graves County, KY (1 state title with Williamson)
Joe Suboticki.................1983, 1984* and 1987 with Akron St.Vincent St. Mary