Tygarts Valley football coach steps down

MILL CREEK – When the Tygarts Valley Bulldogs hit the gridiron this fall, a new leader will be pacing the sidelines.

Former head coach Joseph Arbogast resigned last week to accept the principal job at Hillsboro Elementary School in Pocahontas County.

“I’ll cherish the memories forever,” Arbogast told The Inter-Mountain. “It was a great experience and I really enjoyed it. I’m thankful that (Athletic Director) Chuck Swecker and (TVHS Principal) Steve Wamsley gave me the opportunity to coach at my alma mater. I love Tygarts Valley High School. It was truly a blessing to be a part of a program that I loved as a kid.”

Arbogast is pursuing a masters degree is administration and said the opportunity to take the principal job was a tough decision he had to make.

“The opportunity presented itself and I couldn’t pass it up,” Arbogast said. “I had to put my family first. I love Tygarts Valley High School dearly and I always will.”

Arbogast played high school football at Tygarts Valley from 1994 to 1997, where he was an offensive lineman and a linebacker.

He was part of the 1997 playoff team that was coached by Ted Williams, who Arbogast said inspired him to become a coach.

Arbogast coached at the middle school level for three years at Tygarts Valley before serving as an assistant coach with the varsity team for four years. He took over as head coach in 2012.

No replacement for Arbogast has been announced. High school football practices around the state are scheduled to get underway on Aug. 4.