After four years at the helm, Matt Striebig is no longer the Dallastown High School wrestling coach.
Striebig said he decided to step down from the position to spend more time with his five children, ages 4 to 12.
“It’s time,” Striebig said. “With the family, I have five kids now. I have two daughters playing softball, a son that does karate. The offseason stuff is very difficult to keep up with the way a head coach needs to.”
A fax was sent out Wednesday morning from the Dallastown Area School District noting coaching vacancies for the varsity girls’ soccer, varsity wrestling and junior varsity girls’ basketball programs. The deadline to apply is May 28.
Barry Barbush has led the highly successful girls’ soccer program since 2008. He could not be reached for comment. Dallastown athletic director Tory Harvey declined comment on Barbush’s exit, referring all questions to Barbush.
Striebig: Following 14 years as an assistant coach with the Wildcats, Striebig took over for longtime Dallastown head coach Dave Gable when Gable retired from coaching in April 2009 after compiling a 257-84-1 record in 20 years leading the program.
“He (Gable) was my mentor. He was my coach. He was my friend,” Striebig said. “He’s still teaching here. I talked to him everyday about wrestling. My goal was just to keep it going. It was essentially just to continue the tradition Dave had established.”
Striebig, 39, is a 1991 Dallastown grad who teaches math at the high school. As head coach of the Wildcats, he led them to a 29-9 record in York-Adams League competition, including an 8-2 mark last season.
With just six returning starters in Striebig’s first year as head coach, Dallastown went 4-4 in league action in 2009-10. Dallastown then finished in third place or better in the York-Adams League the next three seasons, including one second-place finish in 2011-12. The Wildcats had at least eight league wins in the each of the last three years.
During Striebig’s tenure, the Wildcats qualified for the District 3-AAA Team Tournament three times, reaching the quarterfinals in the 2011-12 season.
In individual competition, Striebig coached 26 District 3-AAA qualifiers and seven PIAA qualifiers. Of the 26 district qualifiers, three took silver medals and three took bronze medals. Of the seven PIAA qualifiers, three finished in the top seven of their weight classes.
As for his future in coaching, Striebig wouldn’t rule out returning one day.
“I don’t know that I’d say either way right now. Wrestling is one of those sports that’s in your blood. I certainly have priorities. Where will my son or daughter be eight or 10 years from now? I don’t know.”
Returners: Whoever becomes the next Dallastown coach is expected to have eight returning starters next season, including district qualifier Nick Shields (120 pounds) and PIAA qualifiers Rodney Sunday (126) and Wes Hoover (138).
The Wildcats lost Tanner Druck (152), Luke Baldwin (170), Cooper Deller (182) and Zaire Lawrence (195) to graduation this spring. Druck and Deller, who will wrestle for NCAA Division II Seton Hill University next season, were both PIAA qualifiers, while Lawrence reached districts and Baldwin finished one win shy of qualifying for districts.
Barbush: Barbush won five York-Adams Division I titles and four York-Adams League Tournament championships during his stint with the Wildcats.
He also surpassed 100 victories for his career this past fall.
Barbush had also previously served as an assistant coach with the boys’ soccer program.
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