YATESVILLE — The Pittston Area School Board appointed Dave Krantz Tuesday night to take over as the school’s new head wrestling coach.
Krantz had worked with former coach James Woodall in leading the program through the first four days of official practice while waiting for the appointment to take place. Woodall will remain with the program as one of two junior high coaches.
“The plan to get Pittston back to where it used to be is everybody coming together and working together on all levels – varsity, junior high and elementary,” said Krantz, a 1994 graduate of Pittston Area, who became head junior high coach at the school for five years less than three years after graduation. “We need to work together for this to be accomplished. It needs to be a program effort.”
Krantz returned as a volunteer assistant with the varsity the last two years.
The Patriots are trying to bounce back from a 1-15 season that included last-place finishes in Wyoming Valley Conference Division 1 and District 2 Class 3A. They lack experienced varsity wrestlers and have even fewer who have had success on the high school level.
“I’m not just concerned about wins and losses, I’m more concerned about every time a kid goes out on the mat, they give it their all,” Krantz said. “Knowing for themselves that they gave 100 percent, is all a kid can ask of themselves and all that, as a coach, we can ask of them.
“If they do that, the wins and losses will take care of themselves.”
Krantz was a two-time District 2 champion in high school and a state qualifier as a junior. He was part of a junior college national championship at Garden City Community College in Kansas and went on to finish second at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials Northeast Regionals in Brockport, N.Y.
Ed Straub will assist Krantz. Kevin McNulty will share junior high coaching duties with Woodall.
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