Pat Denney resigns as Trojans head coach after 12 seasons

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- Longtime Topeka High boys basketball coach Pat Denney announced his resignation on Monday.

Denney has served as a coach for the program for over two decades and spent 12 years as head coach. Resigning, he said, wasn't easy.

"When I looked at the kids and saw where we were and had progressed over the last two years, it's like something sort of came over me," Denney said. "Maybe some new direction would be able to take them to the next level."

The Trojans went 35-9 the last two years, recording back-to-back Centennial League titles and a third place 6A state finish in 2018.

In 2018-19, Topeka High went 18-3 in league play.

"The last two years have been rewarding to me and my coaches," Denney said. "We were able to bring in a group of kids that weren't used to being around one another and make them into a family--make them into a group, a team that had a lot of success, that found ways to win.

"To me, that was important. I can hang my hat on that. I'm proud of that job."

Denney said he made the final decision over the weekend then held a meeting with his team before school on Monday.

"We sat down and talked about the importance of them becoming even closer as a family. Everything they do needs to be together. New leaders have to emerge and they need to hold each other accountable.

"They've got a chance to do some really good things. We wanted to make sure that they were all on the same page. That we had a chance to vent, not only as players but as coaches, and to make sure they knew we loved them."

Denney told 13 News he will continue teaching and possibly coach later down the road.

He also wanted to thank his assistant coaches for "their loyalty and their sacrifices."

"Everything that they've done for me and for this program are immeasurable," Denney said.