After 28 seasons and plenty of accolades, the county’s second winningest coach in history, Walt Nottingham of Cambridge Springs, has decided to hang up his whistle.

Nottingham confirmed Sunday evening that he had turned in his letter of resignation to Athletic Director Clint Rauscher.

“I think the time is right,” Nottingham said. “It’s time for some of the younger guys to have a little fun.”

Nottingham took the reins at Cambridge Springs in 1983 and proceeded to win six French Creek Valley Conference titles and two District 10 crowns (1988, 1996) with a PIAA runner-up performance in ’88.

He finished as the third-longest tenured coach in the county and posted a 167-105 mark, just 13 wins behind all-time winningest coach Merle Darcangelo of Saegertown.

Nottingham’s resignation is expected to be approved by the PENNCREST School Board on Thursday. For the moment, there is no heir-apparent to the longtime skipper.

“There is a couple of guys who have talked about it, but nothing is for sure so I wouldn’t want to say quite yet,” said Nottingham.

A mathematics teacher at the high school, Nottingham said he believes he will continue to teach for a couple more years.

“I’ve had a lot of fun over the years with the kids,” he said. “I’ve enjoyed them most of all. It isn’t always about wins and losses. It’s the kids. That’s what I am going to miss most is them.”

The Blue Devils finished this past season with a 6-5 overall mark and their sixth postseason appearance in the past 10 seasons.

T.J. Turrisi can be reached at 724-6370, ext. 276 or by e-mail at tjturrisi@meadvilletribune.com.

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