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Mahaffey resigns at Waynesboro

February 19, 2003|by ANDREW MASON

andrewm@herald-mail.com

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Dave Mahaffey said he doesn't have a magic wand.

Maybe he needed one to stay on as Waynesboro Area Senior High School's head varsity football coach.

Mahaffey, 37, of Waynesboro, turned in his letter of resignation last Friday. It was officially accepted by the Waynesboro School Board at its meeting Tuesday night.

"It's no surprise," said Mahaffey, who was 4-26 in his three seasons with the Indians. "I'm the one who made up my mind to do it."

However, Mahaffey also said he was facing a lot of pressure from the community to produce a winning football team, something Waynesboro hasn't had in nearly a decade. After winning his first two contests with the Indians in 2000, his team lost its remaining eight games that year. Waynesboro then went 1-9 in each of the last two seasons.

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"Probably the biggest thing is that some people didn't feel that what we were doing was moving the program fast enough," said Mahaffey, who went 20-27 in five years coaching Warren (Pa.) High School before coming to Waynesboro. "But you weren't going to wave a magic wand and build things over night. The quick fix isn't always the best.

"I just decided it was time for me to step aside and allow them to do something else. Hopefully, they'll find the person who will be suited to work with them and build their program."

Mahaffey said he plans to continue his job as an English teacher at Waynesboro Middle School. This spring he'll begin working as a volunteer assistant football coach at Shippensburg University.

"I'm definitely not done coaching football," he said. "It was just time for me to step to the side and reevaluate myself as a coach. Going to Shippensburg, even as a volunteer assistant, is an opportunity to better myself as a coach and broaden my horizons. After the spring, I'll sit down and weigh all my options."

One thing Mahaffey said he's looking forward to is watching his son, Derek, play football - from the bleachers. Derek started seven varsity games on the offensive and defensive lines for Waynesboro as a freshman last season.

"It might be a nice change to find out what it's like being the person sitting in the stands," he said. "I still have a son who's part of the program, and the other players are part of what we've been doing.

"I hope they can find someone to help them move in the right direction. I wish them luck."

The Waynesboro School Board also accepted the resignation of Waynesboro assistant football coach Ty Wilhide on Tuesday. Wilhide is a teacher at Mowrey Elementary in Quincy, Pa.

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