Copley High basketball coach Mark Dente sued by private investors

A winning basketball coach with a national house-flipping business is now without a coaching contract as private investors, including a fellow coach at Copley High School, are accusing him of not repaying millions of dollars in loans.

The high school principal and Copley-Fairlawn athletic director told the boys and girls basketball teams Friday that Mark Dente would not return this year as their varsity coach.

Superintendent Brian Poe told the Beacon Journal on Monday that Dente is the only coach, to his knowledge, that will not be returning this year.

Dente led the girls team to a division title this year and the boys to victory in 2018.

Asked about the decision to not renew Dente’s contract, Poe said, “The district is moving in a different direction for the boys’ and girls’ programs next year.”

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