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Boone softball coach Wagner to retire at season's end

April 28th, 2014 9:45 pm by Douglas Fritz, NET News Service

Boone softball coach Wagner to retire at season's end

Daniel Boone softball coach Rick Wagner (NET News Service photo)

GRAY — It was a step down a road he never imagined he would travel, and after it became a decade-long journey Rick Wagner found his end game.

The Daniel Boone softball coach, who transformed the program into a state power he once thought impossible, announced his retirement Monday after a few restful nights.

"The last two or three nights I slept really well," said Wagner. "My conscience wasn't bothering me, so I believe I am making the right decision."

At age 53, Wagner sensed it was the right time to end a 30-year coaching career.

"I've been thinking about it the past couple of years," he said. "Recently for no certain reason, I started thinking about it harder. My son, Daniel, is still in college playing baseball. My brother, Bill, who helped me coach, got a promotion and he's living in Pittsburgh. I've got another assistant who is taking over soccer next year. I just thought this was the right time."

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