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Posted: Monday, June 2, 2014 1:09 am | Updated: 12:22 pm, Mon Jun 2, 2014.

Marana High School will have two new basketball coaches next fall. Girls coach Sarah Whaley confirmed on Sunday that she has stepped down as coach to take a new position at the high school.

Whaley will become the Dean of Students at Marana High School, but in taking the job she had to step away from the basketball team.

“Transitioning to the Dean of Students at Marana High School is a position I am incredibly excited about,” Whaley explained. “I believe in what Dr. Murphy and the rest of the administration is doing at Marana and I am eager to be a part of that. It's a great opportunity and I feel incredibly fortunate.”

Whaley replaced Diane Swan after the 2012 season and went 25-27 in two seasons. Whaley feels she is leaving the program in good hands for the next coach.

“Whoever inherits this program is walking in to one of the best coaching jobs in Tucson. These girls have run through walls for me, done whatever was asked, and have truly changed the culture of Marana Women's basketball,” Whaley said. “I couldn't have asked for a better group.”

Whaley informed the team a few weeks ago and will remain with them until the end of their summer responsibilities. The team played at the Catalina Foothills tournament this past week and will play in a tournament in the Phoenix area this week. The team’s youth camp is in a few weeks and has ever slot filled.

The boys team has already selected their next head coach. Kevin Corner was tabbed to replace Jeff Laos. Corner is a counselor at the school and played college football at Utah State after graduating from Mountain View High School.

"I am thrilled to teach the next generation of student athletes the values of hard work, commitment, relentless effort, and teamwork towards a common goal,” Corner said in a press release. “The values that I learned from athletics are the fabric of my life.”

The Tigers were winless last season and have won more than five games just two times in the past 10 seasons.

Mountain View will also have a new boys basketball coach after Mike Parillo resigned last month.

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