Long-time Sulphur High School girls basketball head coach Helen Lefevre hit another milestone in her storied career Monday.
She led the Lady Tors to a 55-21 win over Vinton for her 800th career victory. She reached 700 in 2014.
Over 36 seasons at Starks, LaGrange and Sulphur, Lefevre has coached in 1,141 games and won 70.2 percent of her games (801-340).
“I am fortunate that I was only at three schools in 36 years,” Lefevre said. “People say the kids now days have changed, but I am fortunate that our kids, no matter where I was at or what year it was, showed up and worked hard every day.
“That made my job easier. Over the years, I have had some really good kids that have come through the program and worked hard. I hope that we had an impact on their lives. Working with kids, I have enjoyed that all the way through. I have never lost that enjoyment.”
It will also be Lefevre’s final season. But even with retirement a few months away, Lefevre is focused on leading the Lady Tors, who are off to a 5-0 start. Sulphur was scheduled to play Airline in the second round of the Westlake/Lakeside Bank Holiday Classic Tuesday, but results were not available at press time.
“We have a team this year that we feel is going to compete,” Lefevre said. “Right now, that is my focus.
“We have some high goals for this year, and that is what we are focusing on right now.”
During her career, Lefevre has won 13 district championships, 11 district coach of the year and two state coach of the year awards.
Lefevre has averaged 22.7 wins per season with 28 20-win seasons and only one losing season. Lefevre’s teams have missed the playoffs only two times.
She started her career at Starks High School in 1984 and led the Lady Panthers for four seasons, including a state championship in 1987.
Lefevre then took the top job at her alma mater, LaGrange (Class of 1978), and coached the Lady Gators for eight seasons that included three quarterfinal births and one trip to the semifinals in 1989.
She came to Sulphur in 1996 and has led the Lady Tors to eight district championships and two semifinal runs (1998, 2013).