Sellers leaves coaching with seven state titles |

Sellers leaves coaching with seven state titles

Michael Traum

Call it the end of an era. Wooster High football coach Joe Sellers retired Wednesday to accept an administration job with the school.

“It was real tough to do, to walk away from something you’ve been doing for a long time,” said Sellers on Wednesday night. “The fact there was an administrator’s job at Wooster made a big difference. It would have been tough to go anywhere else.”

Sellers was Wooster’s head coach for the last 22 years, amassing an incomparable record of 206 wins, including seven Nevada state titles, and 34 losses. In all, he coached for 29 years in the Reno area after graduating from the University of Nevada.

He’ll take a job as a Wooster vice principal with his duties to include building, grounds and discipline monitoring. He joked that he’ll be chasing kids in the parking lot instead of on the football field.

Longtime friend and fellow high school coach Butch Cattanach said Sellers will be missed among the coaching ranks.

“He provided some great stability in Northern Nevada coaching circles. He was what everybody else wanted to be, whether at the small-school or large-school level,” said Cattanach, a former Whittell High coach who indicated he wasn’t interested in replacing Sellers. “It’ll be very tough to walk into Wooster to replace him. Can you tell me who succeeded Vince Lombardi at Green Bay? It’s a similar situation.”

Sellers said the position will be open until filled, preferably by someone who could join the Wooster teaching staff. He wasn’t sure if any of his former staff members would be interested.

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