EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSLongtime Coach's Resignation Surprises Mason County Residents
from Eyewitness News Online
Reported by: Dan Matics
Web Producer: Heath Harrison
Reported: Oct. 10, 2013 10:11 PM EDT
Updated: Oct. 10, 2013 10:31 PM EDT
Mason , Mason County , West Virginia
Community members in one Mason County town are learning their long time high school football coach is calling it quits.
But what's shocking for many, is the resignation took place in the middle of the season, and a very good one at that. The Wamaha Falcons are 5-1 this season.
So when people learned their head coach of 19 years turned in his resignation, they didn't know what to think.
Former Wahama head football coach Ed Cromley is a pretty big deal in northern Mason County, where high school football is king.
When the longtime coach handed in his resignation the fans here had a lot of questions.
Cromley told Eyewitness News he's retiring as football coach and math teacher at the school because he's too stressed out.
People in the community jumped to conclusions, thinking some sort of incident prompted his retirement, something Principal Kerry Bond adamantly denies.
"No, no, no, no, no," Wahama principal Kenny Bond said. “I understand people's curiosity, but there's nothing sinister here. He just couldn’t handle the stress levels to continue."
When Eyewitness News spoke to the former coach, he didn't want to say why the job had become so stressful.
Defensive coordinator Dave Barr will be interim head coach for the school, someone the people in the community said they are confident will continue the Falcons' soaring season.
"Kids love football,” Lenard King, of Mason County, said. “They've got good assistant coaches. The kids will go on."
Cromley did not want to give an interview, but said, "the football program should be about the kids. I don’t want to take any attention away from them."
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