Dennis Wagner era over at WCU

Former head coach Dennis Wagner- Photo by: Southern Conference

Western Carolina will have a different head coach on the sidelines of the upcoming home football game versus Coastal Carolina.  Dennis Wagner announced his resignation after a meeting with interim athletic director Fred Cantler Sunday morning.

“Coach Wagner announced his resignation to the team and his assistants earlier today after meeting with me for a frank and thorough discussion of the future of the program.  We have reached the mutual conclusion that it is in the best interests of both parties to take this step at this time,” said Cantler in an article on WCU’s sports website.

Wagner has been the head coach since 2008 and putting together a disappointing overall record of 8-36.  That record came with a 14th straight loss in Southern Conference play by dropping Saturday’s game at Appalachian State.

Assistant head coach Mark Rhea will serve as the interim head coach Saturday and until a new coach is hired.

Cantler continues to keep his focus on the student athletes in these difficult times adding, “I encourage the Catamount faithful to continue to support our student-athletes, who work hard each and everyday to represent our university and to bring a sense of pride to those who bleed purple and gold.”