Pueblo West hires Valerie Stambersky to be its next girls basketball coach

(Pueblo West HS)

Pueblo West has hired Valerie Stambersky as the school's next girls basketball coach, athletic director Zach Odell announced on Tuesday night.

She will take over one of southern Colorado's top programs, a team that has reached the Final 4 four times since 2012, and made another two appearances in the Great 8, including this past season. Pueblo West has won the past three South-Central League titles.

The Cyclones will be moving from Class 4A to 5A beginning next season.

"It's not very often we're able to hire someone with the experience and success of coach Stambersky," Odell said. "She is an ideal coach to lead our basketball team into the 5A ranks in 2020-2021 and continue the sustained success of the program. I can't wait for her to get started. She's a perfect fit for the program. We're quite fortunate to have her on board."

Stambersky most recently was the head coach at Warrensburg High School in Missouri since 2017. Her team was 16-10 in Class 4 this past season.

Prior to that, she was the head coach at Kansas City Kansas Community College from 1999-2015. She was the winningest coach in program history there, amassing 221 wins.

"I am honored and excited to work with a high-caliber program such as Pueblo West and continue in its winning traditions," Stambersky said. "I look forward to helping these young ladies grow both on and off the court and having a lot of fun along the way."