Doyle Stepping Down at WP

WHEELING – Wheeling Park High School is in the market for a head wrestling coach after Sean Doyle stepped down Monday after five seasons.

Doyle said his resignation was accepted during the Ohio County Board of Education’s regular meeting.

”I came upon another opportunity that was in line with my goals in coaching that I couldn’t turn down,” said Doyle, who declined to go farther into his destination at this time.

Doyle further said that while the timing of the move isn’t the best, he’s confident the administration at Wheeling Park will ”take the necessary steps to make sure the program is in good hands.”

Practice begins in two weeks and the OVAC’s annual wrestling preseason press conference is next Monday at WesBanco Arena.

”It’s definitely a top position,” Doyle said. ”We have a tremendous wrestling family at Park from small fry up through the alumni.”

Whomever inherits the Patriots program will receive one with an embarassment of riches. Eleven of 12 starters return from a squad that finished second at last season’s Ron Mauck OVAC Championships and the inaugural OVAC Duals, and fifth at the state meet in Huntington.

”It will be a lot of fun to watch their pursuit of an OVAC championship and a state championship,” Doyle said ”It will be a bit of a bummer that I won’t be coaching them.”

Doyle took over the Park program from Gene Monteleone in 2008.

”That was a fun year,” Doyle, who competed at Buckeye Local and Cornell, recalled. ”We had a dynamic group of kids and made a strong run at a state championship when we weren’t expected to give it a run.”

Doyle led the Patriots to two straight OVAC tournament crowns in 2008 and 2009, the first being an overall championship.

At state, the Patriots finished second twice and in the top-5 four out of his five seasons.

All told, Doyle helped tutor seven state champions and a plethora of athletes who made it to the awards stand at Big Sandy Superstore Arena.

”The kids that have graduated and went to college, like Kyle Bauer at Kent State, that is my goal, to prepare them for that,” he said.