Old Mill's Hines resigns as coach

High schools

April 12, 2001|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

Vern Hines loves to coach. Unfortunately, wrestling won't be one of those passions.

After three seasons as Old Mill's wrestling coach, Hines announced his resignation yesterday.

Hines, who is also the school's girls lacrosse coach and recently was promoted to head coach of the girls soccer team next fall, said the additional responsibility of the wrestling team proved too taxing.

"They overlap one another," said Hines, who has been involved in all three sports for the past four years. "You have to do things out of season to prepare. It was too much physically and mentally."

Hines made his resignation official at the wrestling team's annual banquet Monday. Hines said the announcement didn't come easily.

"It was tough at the banquet," he said. "What I feel comfortable with is that this is going to be a great team next year. Whoever takes over will have a solid foundation."

Hines, who succeeded Mike Hampe in 1998-99, compiled a solid resume as a wrestling coach.

In Hines' three years at Old Mill, the Patriots went 47-2 and didn't lose a dual meet in the county (33-0). In that time, Old Mill won three straight county dual-meet championships, two county and two regional tournament titles, and a state dual-meet crown in 2000.

"It's awesome," Hines said of the team's achievements. "The kids were great, and my assistant coaches - Wayne Hicks, Brian Leitzel and Mark Procacini - were great. It was a short three years, but a great three years."

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