CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Nine months after winning the school's first football championship, Wahama Coach Ed Cromley has abruptly retired.
Cromley, who was in his 19th season as head coach of the White Falcons, had a 154-36 record during his tenure, including guiding 13 of the school's 17 postseason appearances. Wahama defeated Madonna 43-42 in overtime in the Class A title game last December.
His 2010 team finished as runner-up, losing 28-14 to Wheeling Central in the Class A title game.
"I felt the amount of stress placed on me by the administration was unhealthy," Cromley told the Point Pleasant Register. "It's not worth it, so I ended my employment with the school district."
Cromley taught at Wahama High School since 1979 and was named head football coach in 1994.
"I enjoyed coaching immensely," Cromley said. "Being a football coach is something I have wanted to do since high school, and I'm very fortunate to have had this opportunity.
"Winning the state championship was wonderful," said Cromley. "We had gotten close so many times with a lot of good teams and good players."
Defensive coordinator and Wahama track and field coach Dave Barr has assumed head coaching duties in Cromley's absence, according to published reports. Barr has held previous head coaching jobs at Southern, Hannan and Wellston. The White Falcons are 5-1.