"We are very excited about Coach Menefee joining the wildcat family," said Newport Athletic Director Alan Haire. "His energy, work ethic, and enthusiasm for the game is what set him apart from everyone else. We have many talented young ladies at Newport High School and we cannot wait to see where Coach Menefee takes this program."
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"I grew up doing things in Newport my whole life," said Menefee. "Eating at Dixie Chili, watching the fireworks on the riverfront, going to Sis's for breakfast, playing in basketball leagues at Arnold's gym. And I know there is a great basketball tradition in Newport. My dad still talks about all the great Newport basketball teams from the 50's and 60's."
Menefee describes his style of play as "suffocating defensive pressure, all out effort all day long."
"I like to play up tempo but will grind it out on both ends if dictated by our personnel," Menefee said. "We will practice with passion and out work everyone. There will be no favoritism or nepotism. We will play for one another and come together as a unit."
While at Highlands, Menefee captained the basketball team his senior year before heading to Northern Kentucky University, where he received two bachelor's degrees. He also holds a master's degree from Thomas More University.
He is the only coach in the 36th District who has won a Regional Championship and a game in the Sweet 16 Kentucky State Tournament, has coached both boys and girls teams in Ohio and Kentucky during his career.
Last season, Menefee was the head girls basketball coach at Aiken High School in Cincinnati. In addition to serving five years leading the girls basketball team at Campbell County, Menefee also coached junior varsity and freshman boys at Highlands, freshman boys at Campbell County and varsity boys at Bellevue High School.