SAEGERTOWN — The top ’Cat is waving his top hat.

Saegertown’s wrestling program is one which commands respect at the District 10 Class AA level thanks to 10-year head coach Toby Marvin.

Now, with a full schedule at two different schools, and a son close to beginning his varsity career in three sports, he has decided to move on to other things.

Marvin’s resignation was approved unanimously at Thursday’s PENNCREST School Board meeting.

“Twenty-four years I’ve been in this,” Marvin said. “It’s a long time. The main reasons are my son plays basketball, and I am already enrolled to get my master’s degree in education administration at Edinboro.”

Marvin is a 1978 graduate of Saegertown High, and before coming to coach the Panthers he took the reins at Cathedral Prep for eight seasons and then one year at Allegheny Central High School in New York.

With 13-year-old son Noah heading into eighth grade and playing football, basketball and baseball, Marvin looks forward to continuing coaching at the junior high level as well as spending more time watching games from the sidelines.

“I still coach junior high football, so I am going to stay with that,” he said. “Wrestling season is a pretty time-consuming, demanding thing.

“The last five years, I think our schedule was about as demanding as any AA team around.”

Currently a health and physical education teacher at Saegertown, he would like to move into a principal position in the future, probably down the road when Noah finishes high school.

“I would like to start with an assistant principal position at some point,” he said. “I will probably pursue that when my son graduates.”

In his 10 seasons at Saegertown, Marvin was 86-51 in dual meets with 12 state qualifiers, nine placewinners and 11 collegiate wrestlers, along with one state champ (Pat Bradshaw, 2005) and one runner-up (Glen Sample, 2002).

In December, thoughts of stepping down started to creep into Marvin’s mind.

By the end of the year, he knew what was the right thing to do.

“I knew probably around Christmastime that I was leaning more towards it,” he said. “Then it became clear to me that it was what I needed to do.

“It’s bittersweet. I’ve got a lot invested in the program. We’ve had some great success in the past few years. It’s tough to walk away from the seniors coming up.

“I have met with them (seniors) and talked with them about the decision. It was tough to do, but I felt like it was something I needed to do at this point in my life.”

In the end, the bond between wrestler and coach will be the thing best remembered by Marvin.

“The relationships I formed with the kids on the team go beyond the mat, and that means a lot to me when kids call me later and tell me they are getting married and stop in at my house and visit,” he said. “Those relationships mean a lot.”

The head coaching position is currently posted across a large area, so the school board will be awaiting feedback.

“They’ve posted it (outside District 10) for a couple weeks to give it time to work through the loop and see what comes their way,” Marvin said.

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