Ray Staver resigns as Shippensburg basketball coach

By Matt Kellam

Long-time Shippensburg high school boys basketball coach Ray Staver resigned Monday from the coaching position he has held for three stints over the last 30 years.

He leaves after a career that includes 445 wins, including two trips to District 3 championship games and four trips to the PIAA state tournament, including last year’s run to the quarterfinals.

Staver issued a statement about his departure: “As a coach, I have always believed it is extremely important to put our student athletes and team in the best possible position to achieve success. Detailed practice plans, scouting reports, staying up with the latest trends, technology, analytics, conditioning — there’s a lot more that goes into that.

“To achieve success, I believe it takes a team working together. Players, coaches, and yes, administration, are all part of that team.

“I was told that I am stubborn. If that means that I stand up for my players when it comes to things that afford them to achieve success, you can call me stubborn six days a week and twice on Sunday.”

A representative of the Shippensburg Area School District could not be reached for comment.

The district posted a job opening Monday on its website for “Anticipated High School Head Boys Basketball Coach.”

Staver’s resignation comes just 10 days before practice is scheduled to start for the 2022-23 season. The Greyhounds are scheduled to scrimmage against Central Dauphin on Nov. 25, and they start the regular season with a game at Lower Dauphin on Dec. 7.


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