George Kontsis – Head Varsity Coach, Safeties, Quarterbacks and B-Backs Coach
Coach Kontsis is a 1976 graduate of Maryland’s Wheaton High School (15 minutes outside of Washington D.C.) He went on to receive his BS in physical education from Frostburg State University and his MA in Education from Villanova University.
He began his coaching career at Seneca Valley High School in Montgomery County Maryland. There he worked under Coach Al Thomas, who won 8 Division I state titles in Maryland. In 1985, he was hired to coach the quarterbacks at Montgomery College in Maryland. In 1986, he moved to Albany State University in Albany, New York working with the QB’s and serving as the JV Offensive Coordinator. In 197, he accepted a position at Villanova University as Tight Ends Coach.
In 1989, Coach K moved to the University of Cincinnati, serving as assistant QB coach. In 1991, he was hired by legendary St. Xavier High School Coach Steve Rasso to serve as Quarterbacks and Wide Receivers coach as well as serving as Offensive Coordinator. In 1992, St. X. had their first 10-0, making it to the state final at Fawcett Stadium and losing to St. Ignatius. St. X. set numerous offensive records that, year including points per game (36), most yards per game (375), and first playoff victory in school history. That season also saw the Bombers beat perennial GCL power Moeller for the first time in 21 years by a score of 44-0. The QB that engineered such a successful run for the Bombers was Jamie Doxsey, former Defensive Coordinator of Coach K’s first Walnut Hills coaching staff.
In 1994, he was hired as Head Coach at Oak Hills High School, but after 3 less than stellar years resigned in December 1996. In 1997, Coach K was hired as Offensive Coordinator at Hamilton. In the fall of 1997, the Big Blue went 10-0 before losing to St. X. in the first round of the playoffs. The Big Blue led the GMC in total offense during the 1997 and 1998 campaigns. Coach K mentored quarterback Andy Mignery for two years at Hamilton, helping him earn a full scholarship to University of Michigan. He was later hired as the Head Coach of Hughes High School in April of 2003. Former Hughes tailback Bryant McMillion (University of Akron), tailback Montez Patterson (University of Cincinnati) and receiver Clyde Robinson (Mercyhurst) all earned full scholarships. Many other former Hughes players played at the Division II level. Hughes finished 7-3 during the 2007 season, tying the school’s best record for the previous 10 years.
After stabilizing the program during his first year as Head Coach of Walnut Hills in 2008 and having the team named the “Tempstar-WCPO TV Team of the Week,” following their first victory in 4 years, Coach K led the Eagles to back-to-back 5-5 seasons in 2009 & 2010. The following year Coach K led the Eagles to an 8-2 record, finishing the season ranked 7th in the Cincinnati Enquire Div 1 poll. The Eagles also secured their first playoff berth in school history. For his efforts, Coach K was named the FAVC Cardinal Division Coach of the Year and was selected by Coach Marvin Lewis as the Marvin Lewis Community Fund Coach of the Year.
The success on the field has led to a number of Walnut Football players furthering their career at the college level, including Ben Heiser (Fordham), Brad Janitz (Illinois), Mike Brown (Mt. Saint Joseph), Benson Browne (North Carolina State), Dez Stewart (Ohio Dominican), Miles Crawley (Otterbein), JR Roley (Bluffton University), Nilijah Ballew (BGSU), Randal Mincy (WVSU), Eric Haas (Davidson), Austin Railey (Notre Dame College), Reid Finley – Darien Jackson – Kameron Johnson (all Pikeville).
Coach K is married to Melissa, a member of Oak Hills Athletic Hall of Fame; she earned nine Varsity letters during her prep career of the Highlanders. She went on to earn All-American Honors while playing volleyball at Temple University. She is currently Director of Physical Therapy for Beacon Orthopedics. Coach K and Melissa reside in Colerain Township with their 3 children; Jack and Alexis who are sophomores at Walnut Hills and A.J. who is a 7th grader at Walnut. Coach’s hobbies include a love for the music of Motown and fitness. Among his favorite groups are the Temptations and the Four Tops.