Steve Caciari resigns as West Valley girls basketball coach

FAIRBANKS, AK-Yesterday one the Interior's most successful high school coaches is stepping down. West Valley girls basketball coach Steve Caciari is resigning after nine seasons on the bench for the Wolfpack.

In those nine seasons Caciari coached the Wolfpack to six MAC titles and was the runner up in the 2012 4A State Tournament. In that same year he was the 4A Girls Coach of the year and the MAC Coach of the year. He also won that award in 2009.

The Wolfpack were 4th in the state tournament in 2010 and 2011. His team also received the 4A girls top GPA award in 2010.

12 of his former players have gone on to play at the next level and two have played professionally overseas. Recently, Caciari's program help produce University of Portland commit Hannah Mattson who was the 2012 Gatorade Player of the Year.

Caciari leaves West Valley with a 159-53 overall record winning 75 percent of his games.

Well why now? In an email sent to Channel 11 Sports Caciari said quote,"The main reason I am stepping down is that I put so much energy and commitment into this job is that I am finding it more difficult to keep that up. We had a tremendous run and it was rewarding to help build one of the state's top notch programs," Caciari said.

He thanked West Valley as well saying quote, "I am thankful the West Valley community which included staff, families, students, players and coaches who believed and worked hard to put together one of the state's best basketball programs."