Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Char Valley Coach Steps Down

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Char Valley Coach Steps Down

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Spencer Stefko thinks the Chartiers Valley girls' basketball varsity head coaching position is the best in the WPIAL.

"Anybody who doesn't apply for it is a dummy -- it really is the best job," Stefko said Monday night.

As much as he knows how special the job is, he also knows that after seven seasons and with his current job as a teacher in the district's high school, the job is not for him, not now.

Stefko resigned on Friday after seven seasons on the job during the best run in program history.

"Sometimes it can be a drain to teach and be a head coach in the same district," Stefko said. "As many positives as there were, there are certain times where there have been negatives and sometimes that is just fatiguing. When that happens, you might not be exactly what the kids need. I think that is the case right now. When you really love a group, you want what's best for them."

The Colts reached new heights under Stefko. He compiled a 137-51 record over seven seasons. There were four 20-win seasons. There were section titles in 2008, '10, '11 and '12. There were trips to the PIAA semifinals in 2010, '12 and '13.

"Talking to kids you love and telling them you are not the right guy to be there for next year, it is a tough thing to do," Stefko said. "Probably the toughest thing I've ever had to do."

Under Stefko the Colts won 25 games during the 2011-12 season but the program reached its high-water mark this past season.

Stepping up to Class AAAA, Chartiers Valley was placed in Section 4, home of Quad-A powers such as Mt. Lebanon, Upper St. Clair and Bethel Park. The Colts looked right at home in the power section, winning 8 of 12 section games to qualify for the WPIAL playoffs.

It was in the playoffs when Stefko's coaching ability shined as bright as his players' talent. Stefko watched as his team knocked off Upper St. Clair in the WPIAL quarterfinals and avenged two regular-season losses with an upset win against Mt. …

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