Roth steps down as Ferry mat coach

Scott Roth loves wrestling and coaching.

Unfortunately, his work schedule isn’t allowing him to continue on in his role as the Martins Ferry head wrestling coach.

Because of that Roth tendered his resigation to Purple Rider officials earlier this month.

“I loved being the head coach at my alma mater,” Roth said. “That part made my wait so long, hoping that something could work out with my work schedule. I was even looking at other jobs and things to do when I could and still be able to coach, but it just didn’t work out. I would have liked to have coached (at Martins Ferry) forever, but it just wasn’t going to work out.”

Roth, who is employed at Williams, Lee, Silver in Wheeling as an account manager, hopes to remain involved in wrestling as a volunteer assistant and also through his Vertex Wrestling Club, which he will continue to operate.

“Having Vertex to keep me around the sport is the one silver lining,” Roth said. “I’ll be able to put more time into that and shift my focus to that.”

Roth, who won a state title during his senior season of 2000 and then wrestled at Cornell University, regrets not having the opportunity to inform his team of his decision. However, he waited as long as he could with practice beginning in just a few weeks.

He debated whether or not he could make it work, but he didn’t want to cheat the school and the wrestlers.

“I couldn’t commit to putting in the time and effort that the job needs and requires,” Roth said. “The main reason for me stepping down is because I know if I was still wrestling, I wouldn’t like it if my coach was unable to be there all of the time. It’s just not a good example to set for the kids.”

During his four seasons at the helm, Roth directed the Purple Riders to an OVAC Tournament title and a dual tournament title in 2012.

Taking three wrestlers to the state tournament last season and having the now graduated Damon Outward place was one of the highlights of his carrer, according to Roth.

“We won the OVAC my third year, but not to sound arrogant, we were the best team and we should have won that,” Roth said. “Last year’s district tournament, we got four guys into the semifinals and wrestled a heck of a tournament all around. That was the first time we were in the hunt in the team race at a big tournament.”

As for the future of the program, Roth knows it’s in good hands.

“There are young, very capable people in the school system who can take over and that makes it a little bit easier,” Roth said. “Some coaches step down and have no idea where the program is going to go or who is going to take over. We won’t have that problem at Martins Ferry, which makes it easier on me.”

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