BY ANDREAS BUTLER
High school basketball season is in full swing and one local coach is reaching a milestone.
George Butts, the longtime girls basketball coach at Atlantic High School, reached his 500th game win on Wednesday.
The Sharks defeated New Smyrna Beach 61-23 Wednesday night.
“I haven’t really thought about it. I just want the kids to have some success on and off the court. It’s a great milestone. It’s not easy to do. I appreciate everyone who has been a part of it over the years,” Butts told the Daytona Times prior to the game.
Butts took over the Sharks program in 1996. During his tenure, he has led the program to three Final Four appearances and several playoff appearances. Atlantic also made the playoffs last season.
Notable prep football coaching changes
Sean Washington is the new head football coach at Pine Ridge High in Deltona.
The 26-year-old, who was defensive coordinator at Atlantic (8-4), held the teams to 15 points per game in 2019. He is the youngest head coach in the area.
Washington stood out at New Smyrna Beach and Atlantic and played quarterback in college at Division III Defiance College.
DJ Mayo, former Atlanta head coach, is at the same post now at Oviedo High.
He went 13-8 in two seasons at Atlantic and led the team to the playoffs in 2019, including its first playoff win since 1996.
Mayo also is former head coach at Warner Christian Academy and Tampa Chamberlain. He also coached at Spruce Creek and NAIA Warner University.