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Cobaugh resigns as Johnstown basketball coach

JOHNSTOWN -- Neil Cobaugh resigned as Greater Johnstown High School varsity basketball coach on Tuesday, 6 Sports has learned.

Johnstown Superintendent Dr. Gerald Zahorchak said personnel files, such as resignations, are protected, and therefore the reasons for Cobaugh's resignation are not immediately public.

Cobaugh, Johnstown's basketball coach from 2009 to 2014, submitted his resignation letter to Zahorchak Tuesday morning. Zahorchak told 6 Sports the letter was delivered by courier, and was not handed in person. Johnstown nine-member school board voted to accept the resignation Tuesday night.

Zahorchak said the school will look to hire its next basketball coach internally but will also look outside the district if necessary.

"We will look to hire a coach that represents the values of the community," Zahorchak said Tuesday night. "We hope it's an opportunity for youth development first, and wins second."

Zahorchak added he was not surprised by the resignation.

Cobaugh, who works with special education children in the school district, will remain as a teacher.

Johnstown won District 6-AAA boys basketball titles in Cobaugh's first four seasons as head coach. This past season, Johnstown finished with a 12-11 record.

When asked about Cobaugh's time as the Trojans head coach, Zahorchak offered no comment.

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Edgar Snyder

Washington Times