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Stefko resigns as Chartiers Valley girls basketball coach

| Wednesday, April 17, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
Randy Jarosz | for the Signal Item
The Chartiers Valley bench reacts during the Lady Colts' 48-37 win over Mt. Lebanon on Friday, March 15, 2013, at North Hills High School.

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 nsmith@tribweb.com or 412-388-5813.

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