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Newport Catholic Football Coach Resigns

Newport Central Catholic head football coach Dan Wagner is stepping down.

The school announced Wagner's departure Thursday afternoon. 

"I value my many years of coaching at NCC and having had the privilege to work with so many fine young men," said Wagner, a 1978 graduate of New Cath. "My heart will always be here yet it is time to step aside and pursue other interests. I believe the great tradition that is Newport Central Catholic football will continue for years to come.

“There certainly is a lot of talent among the players, and I wish them all the best now and with their future.”

Wagner met with the team on Wednesday and let them know his decision.

In five years as head coach, he compiled a record of 40-29, with three consecutive appearances in the state finals from 2013-2015. This year's team went 6-6 and lost in the second round of the Class 2A playoffs.

Wagner began his coaching career at NCC in 1980 and previously served as defensive coordinator before being named head coach in 2013. The Thoroughbreds won the state title in 1984, 2006, 2010, and 2012.

“Dan has been a long time coach for many years and we appreciate and thank him for his commitment to NCC and dedication to our student athletes," said Newport Catholic principal Ron Dawn. "As he pursues other opportunities we know his love for and service to the NewCath community will continue.”   

The process of hiring a new football coach is underway, the school said in a news release.

-Staff report