- Associated Press - Sunday, August 24, 2014

TRAFFORD, Pa. (AP) - A prominent Western Pennsylvania high school basketball coach has resigned after police charged him with making threats and harassing a neighbor.

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (http://bit.ly/1zo2FT6 ) reports that Gateway coach Mitch Adams resigned Sunday. Adams led the team to championships in 2011 and 2012, and had been a basketball coach at the school for nine years.

The 56-year-old Adams told the newspaper he’s innocent, but he didn’t want the issue to become a distraction for the school and the team.

Adams was charged by Trafford police on Aug. 11 over an incident that occurred near his home on July 13. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Sept. 23.

Gateway athletic director Randy Rovesti says the school thanks Adams for his years of service, and wishes him well.