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Friday, May 24, 2013, 1:21 a.m.

Valley already has a girls head basketball coaching vacancy to fill, but now the boys position also is open.

The New Kensington-Arnold School Board on Thursday night accepted the resignation of Phil Cope, who served as the boys head coach for two seasons.

Cope, 34, a middle-school social studies teacher in the district and a Valley graduate, cited personal reasons for his decision.

“(The thought to resign) has been ongoing since the end of the season,” Cope said. “I had been going back and forth.”

Cope finished with a record of 8-30, including a 6-20 mark in section play. The Vikings finished 3-16 last season and lost their final nine games.

A former Burrell and Valley assistant, Cope will continue to serve as an assistant soccer coach at Valley. He said he could coach basketball again in the future.

“Maybe someday,” he said. “I don't know what the future holds. I'd like to thank the district for the opportunity it gave me.

“I believe the coaching staff and myself did our best the last two years. I don't think there'd be one thing I would've changed.”

Bill Beckner Jr. is the local sports editor of the Valley News Dispatch. Reach him at

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