CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Poca football coach Bob Lemley is calling it a career after 24 seasons and four state championships.
Lemley, who compiled a career record of 141-128 and led teams to the Class AA playoffs 11 times, submitted his resignation to Poca principal Vic Donalson on Thursday.
Lemley was not available for comment at press time Thursday.
The former minor league second baseman coached the Dots to four Class AA state championships, including a win over Cardinal Conference rival Sissonville in 1994, the first year the Super Six was played in Wheeling. Later, Poca went on a three-year run as state champion from 2001-03 by beating Bridgeport (2001) and Bluefield twice in title games.
Lemley's overall playoff record at Poca was 23-7, but the Dots have not won a playoff game since beating Webster County 50-6 in the first round of the 2006 playoffs. The Dots were eliminated in the quarterfinals by Wayne that year.
Poca players claimed 27 first team All-State spots during Lemley's tenure. Of those, four were two-time selections including Charlie Hartley in 1994-95, Daniel Cantrell in 1999-2000, Matt Santmyer in 2002-03 and Caleb Arthur in 2008-09.
Lemley's final All-State players were wide receiver Tyler Moore and quarterback/punter Jason Cuffee, in 2010. Santmyer was named first-team offensive captain in 2003 while Jason Redman captained the All-State offense in 1996 and Alan Barie captained the defense as a standout on the 2002 title team.
Though Lemley and the Dots were at the top of the Class AA food chain for the better part of a decade beginning in 1994, recent times had not been as kind to his career record. Poca finished 1-9 in 2013, with its lone win coming against winless Class A Buffalo.
After he finished his playing career at Marshall, Lemley was drafted in the 42nd round of the 1968 first-year player draft by the Cincinnati Reds. He spent two seasons in the minors, playing for Sioux Falls in 1968 and splitting the 1969 season between Class A Tampa and Class AA Asheville. He hung up his cleats after 159 minor league games.
By the next year he was coaching football, basketball and track at Poca Middle School.
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