Friday, December 21, 2012

Coach Denny Price retires after 40 years at Mussleman

"From the Winchester Star"

Inwood, WV(12/21/12)After a storied career that stretched over five decades, the all-time winningest high-school football coach in West Virginia history is leaving the sideline.

Denny Price, head coach at Musselman High School since 1973, announced his retirement Thursday at a press conference/reception in the school’s library.

“As a young coach, winning is what it’s all about,” said Price, 63. “But as you grow older, that changes to watching kids develop. I’m going to miss it, but that time has come for me.”

Over Price’s four decades at the Applemen helm, his teams amassed 276 victories and won three state championships — in 1974 on the Single-A level and in 1982 and 1995 in AA competition.
That ’95 squad, with Price’s son Matt as quarterback, claimed the state title as the 16th seed, the last team to qualify for playoff competition.

This past fall, Price’s final Applemen edition compiled an 8-4 record, losing to eventual state champion Martinsburg in the AAA quarterfinals.

Waxing reminiscent about his chosen profession, Price said, “I’ve had a great staff. Relationships are what it’s about — working with people, and not just punching a time clock.

“I’ve heard other coaches say this, and I know I’m speaking for us all, but we’re so lucky to get up in the morning and not worry at all about going to work . . . It’s all about doing something every day of your adult life that makes you happy.”

Reprinted with permission of the Winchester Star ©2012

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