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. Lebanon in the WPIAL semifinals.
The Colts ultimately settled for WPIAL silver after losing to Bethel Park, 48-34, in the WPIAL Class AAAA final, but they bounced back and went on another unexpected run in the PIAA tournament, all the way to the semifinals.
Chartiers Valley reached the final four of the state tournament with another upset win over Mt. Lebanon and the Colts somehow did it without their top two scorers, Mariah Wells and Jenna Devinney, who were both out with injury.
Stefko said at the time, "I know if I was outside this locker room, I wouldn't have even bought a ticket to this game."
But the short-handed Colts found a way to knock off the Blue Devils, 48-37.
Through all the 137 wins, something besides results and section titles stands out from his seven-year stint.
"The relationships," Stefko said when asked what he'll remember most from his tenure. "We had success on the court because we had good players but these relationships with the best people I've ever met in my life, some of whom are kids, those relationships are something that I treasure."
In terms of next season, Stefko has not put much though into it yet.
"I've been more thinking of the kids at Chartiers Valley," Stefko said. "To see what I can do to set them up for success. I really do like coaching. Where that goes from here, I really don't know."
Stefko knows he is leaving behind a program that should be a contender for years to come.
"I think that we are a perennial contender and that is tough to walk away from," Stefko said. "We have a lot of talent coming back, and have a chance to be really good next year.
"I am excited for them. I really like teaching at Chartiers Valley and it is a great place to coach ... but for someone else right now."