HURRICANE, W.Va. - For a while, at least, Jim Dagostine is putting down in clipboard and hanging up his whistle after 35 years of high school coaching.
Dagostine has stepped down after a successful seven year run as the boys soccer coach at Hurricane. He led the Redskins to the state championship last fall.
"I'm not saying I am retiring from coaching," Dagostine said. "I'm retiring from this job."
He compiled an .834 winning percentage with a record of 127-20-13, and led Hurricane to the State Tournament four times.
Dagostine, who will turn 66 in August, had hinted over the last couple of years at wanting to spend more time with his five grandchildren.
He acknowledged that he has also been growing tired.
"I think anybody who saw me walking the sideline the last two or three years could see it wearing on me," he said. "It was a hard decision to make."
Over the course of a 45-year coaching career Dagostine has also taken high school teams in track, cross country, tennis, basketball, and baseball to state tournaments.
The 2012 boys soccer title was his first championship.
"I've been saying for 44 years that winning this wasn't important," he told reporters after the Redskins defeated Parkersburg 2-0 for the 2012 title.
"But it means a lot."
Also a veteran basketball official, Dagostine said he knew next to nothing about soccer when he was asked to take over a new Hurricane Middle School program 15 years ago.
"Generally speaking, coaching goals are pretty much the same at any level in any sport," Dagostine said to the Daily Mail in September of 2006, his first year at Hurricane High.
"Your job, to the best of your ability, is to encourage the young people under you to be the best people, best student, and best athlete they can be."