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Pope tenders resignation

July 17, 2012

Leaving to take over St. Anthony boy’s b-ball helm 


PHS sports writer

After eight years working for the Preston School District and 17 coaching girl’s basketball, Ryon Pope has decided to resign from his positions as teacher, coach and athletic director.

He will be moving with his family to St. Anthony where he will be head coach for the boy’s basketball program and teaching history at South Fremont High School.

Early in the spring Pope said he and his family felt it was time for a change if the right opportunity came along. He was offered a few other positions, but until the South Fremont position opened, it didn’t feel right to him.

“I’ve enjoyed the AD job and I wish I could continue being AD because I had other things I wanted to accomplish. It was a very difficult decision for us, but one we found to be just the right one,” said Pope.

“We love Preston and there are great people here. Preston has had a great impact on my family’s lives, but we feel that it is time to move on.”

Ryon Pope

“The hardest part is leaving the girls I’m coaching right now and my assistants. They have been very loyal and very great to work with and good friends.

“I believe in them and what they can accomplish. I want them to know that this has nothing to do with them.

“Throughout a lot of my coaching career there have been times when you put the coaching ahead of your own family and this move is for our family. I think it is going to be positive. ”

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