David Katis is the busiest he’s ever been in his 10 years as Clarion University’s athletic director.
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Head wrestling coach Troy Letters handed in his resignation letter last week marking the fifth different coaching change for Clarion athletics in the past six months.
The other sports were women’s soccer, softball and men’s and women’s basketball; all which have been filled except softball.
“Troy has accepted a job in the private sector,” Katis told Clarion Sports Information.
“We thank Troy for his hard work and dedication to Clarion wrestling and wish him well in his future,” Katis said.
Letters spent two seasons at the helm for the Golden Eagles.
In his first season, Letters guided Clarion to a second-place finish at the PSAC Championships, a fourth place finish at EWL championships and a 33rd-place at the NCAA Division I National Championships.
Prior to the 2013 season, Letters and his staff announced one of the best recruiting classes in history of Clarion.
The class was ranked as the ninth best in all of Division I by Amateur Wrestling News and featured three state champions and 13 state podium placers.
In that 2013-2014 season, Letters had two wrestlers excel under his reign.
Freshman Austin Matthews, who has since transferred to Edinboro University, posted a 23-9 record and was recognized as the Eastern Wrestling League Freshman of the Year for 157 pounds.
Also freshman Justin Arthur, who transferred to University of Nebraska after the season, finished with a season record of 23-9 and was one match away from obtained All-American status for 149 pounds.
With Letters out, assistant coach Keith Ferraro will step in and fill the void.
Ferraro will become only the eighth head coach in Clarion wrestling history since 1960.
“I am truly honored to be named the interim head wrestling coach at Clarion University and look forward to the challenges that await me this season,” Ferraro told Clarion Sports Information.
With Matthews and Austin leaving for other opportunities, Ferraro will have his hands full trying to replace their production and team points.
Ferraro will have 12 new freshmen to help mold and turn into formidable wrestlers.
Clarion returning sophomore Evan Daley at 285-pounds who had an outstanding freshman campaign and sophomore Hunter Jones contributed to the Golden Eagles’ season.
The 33-year-old Ferraro is a Brookville native and the son of legendary Brookville head wrestling coach Lenny Ferraro.
He wrestled two and a half years for his father before he died, and then finished his junior and senior year under head coach Thad Turner.
At Brookville, Ferraro was a three-time District Champion and was part of the 1999 State Championship team.
Ferroro went on to attend Lock Haven University, was part of the wrestling program for four seasons until 2003.
Ferraro then began his coaching career as a volunteer assistant at Central Mountain in 2003 and 2004.
Ferraro then went onto to become the head coach at Brockway for the 2005 season, and then came back to Brookville High School as an assistant from 2006 to 2012. In the 2011-12 season, Brookville placed fourth at the PIAA state championships.
Clarion’s first regular season match will be the Clarion Open on Nov. 2. Clarion also plays host to the four-time defending National Champions Penn State University on Nov. 22.