Stefko resigns as Chartiers Valley girls basketball coach
By Nathan Smith
Published: Wednesday, April 17, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
Spencer Stefko said he knew it was time to end his tenure coaching the Chartiers Valley girls basketball team.
But it didn't make it any easier.
“It is the most difficult thing I have ever done,” Stefko said Sunday. “I haven't slept in two nights.”
Stefko turned in his resignation letter to Chartiers Valley athletic director Frank Vulcano on Friday. He coached the Colts for the past seven seasons and compiled a 137-51 record.
His decision comes on the heels of the Colts' 22-8 season in 2012-13 — which saw the team reach the WPIAL title game for the first time in school history — and the team's third appearance in the PIAA semifinals in four years.
His resignation comes almost two years after the Chartiers Valley School Board removed him from the position only to reinstate him three weeks later.
In his resignation letter, Stefko wrote, “I have thoroughly enjoyed every moment coaching basketball here but I feel I am no longer the best person for the job. There is nothing negative in this decision, just a desire that the kids get the best person for the job.”
“You just get a feeling sometimes,” Stefko said. “At the end of the year, I just knew someone else would be better for the kids. You owe it to them and the program to get someone and give them the opportunity.
“I think it is the best coaching job in western Pennsylvania, but it is the best for someone else.”
Stefko said he will remain a teacher at Chartiers Valley, where he teaches American cultures, world history and algebra.
He wouldn't rule out returning to coaching in the future, but at this time his focus is on helping the transition.
“The kids I coached at Chartiers Valley made it so enjoyable, I would like to coach again, whether it be girls or boys,” Stefko said. “But right now my focus will be to help get the right person in at Chartiers Valley and working with the kids until it happens.”
While his time at Chartiers Valley was filled with many victories, Stefko said the wins will not be what he will miss most.
“I am going to miss the relationships,” Stefko said. “Just sitting down and eating with the kids.
“They are the best kids around.”
Nathan Smith is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at email@example.com or 412-388-5813.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Serra basketball coach Gibbons wins battle with cancer, returns to sideline
- Mid-Mon Valley basketball teams ready to tip off
- New Valley boys basketball coach Faulx seeking right mix
- Valley girls basketball sees boom in roster numbers
- Alle-Kiski Valley basketball teams look for place among WPIAL’s best
- Section 1-AAAA favorite Hempfield girls set sights on WPIAL title
- Blairsville girls, boys expected to lead pack in Heritage Conference
- Greensburg Salem girls to have different look than last year’s team
- Trio of junior captains return to lead Greensburg Central Catholic girls
- City League basketball preview: Westinghouse teams out to defend titles
- Blend of experience, new faces to lead Signal Item-area boys basketball teams