Dave Riggs to be Named Head Wrestling Coach

Perry Superintendent Dr. John Richard will be recommending Dave Riggs as Perry High School’s new Head Wrestling Coach at the May 25th Board of Education Meeting. Dave has been with the school district as a teacher and coach for over twenty years. He is a graduate of the University of Arizona. His hiring follows the recent resignation of Brent McBurney as the head coach.

Riggs’ coaching career began at the University of Arizona as a graduate assistant. He accepted the head coaching position at Perry High School during the 1986-87 school year.

During his tenure at Perry, his numerous achievements include:

  • 1996-97: accepted into the Ohio High School Coaches Hall of Fame.
  • 1997: selected as the Division 1 Coach of the Year in the state of Ohio.
  • 1997-99: President of the Ohio High School Wrestling Coaches Association.
  • assisted in coaching 21 top-10 team finishes in the Ohio State Tournament
  • has coached 30 individual state finalists
  • 16 Federal League titles
  • Overall Federal League dual meet record of 159-13-1

Coach Riggs stated the following: “I would like to give a special thanks to Brent McBurney for his passion and dedication to our program. Brent accepted the head coaching position five years ago at a very crucial time. During this time Brent instilled his personality on the wrestling program and all of us had the opportunity to benefit under his direction. Brent holds a special place in my heart and I’m very grateful for him. Brent is a valuable part of our program and we hope that his time will allow him to continue to help in the future.

I’m grateful and excited to accept the head coaching position. I’m energized to take this program to another level and meet the expectations of the new school board and administration.

Superintendent, Dr. John Richard states that “We are extremely pleased to welcome Dave Riggs back to the head coaching position. His positive enthusiasm, extensive knowledge of the sport, tremendous work ethic, and vast background of running a comprehensive program were all important factors. Once he applied, there was no reason to look any further. This is absolutely the best decision for our student athletes.”

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