Thursday, Apr 17, 2014
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NCT's Wilson steps down from coaching spot

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Ryan Wilson, named Hernando Today's Coach of the Year for Boys Track and Field for the fifth time in six years, confirmed this week that he has resigned.

Wilson came to the decision, he said, due to his own children becoming involved in sports. His coaching schedule was causing him to miss too many of their events.

Over seven seasons he turned the Sharks into the county's most successful program. They've captured six straight county titles, and also won four district championships and finished as runner-up once during that same span.

Additionally, the Sharks sent a total of 14 individuals and six relays to states under Wilson, collecting nine medals.

"It (his coaching tenure) was unbelievable really," Wilson said. "When I started it was to pick up some extra money, honestly. Then as I learned more about it, I loved the sport. I was fortunate to have great coaches and great kids.

"It's (resigning) one of the hardest things I've ever had to do. I really thought I'd be doing it for a long time. It was enjoyable to watch the kids go out, work hard in practice, compete and have success. I love doing it, but I need to spend more time with (his) kids."

Wilson will continue to serve as offensive coordinator for the school's football team.

cbernhardt@hernandotoday.com

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