AFP Sports Blog – Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2009

– News: UVa. assistant Pruett to retire, Wednesday, 4:05 p.m.
– News: Beat the winter blues with some baseball, Wednesday, 9:20 a.m.

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News: UVa. assistant Pruett to retire, Wednesday, 4:05 p.m.

Virginia assistant head football coach Bob Pruett announced today he is stepping down from his position and will end his coaching career. Pruett came to the Cavalier program last February as the team’s defensive coordinator. In December UVa. head coach Al Groh changed Pruett’s position and responsibilities on the staff to assistant head coach/defense.

“As we all have to do in our lives, sometimes you have to stop and reset your priorities,” Pruett said. “I think this is the best thing for our family and best for the University of Virginia’s family, which I love dearly. When I first started out in coaching in 1965 as a high school coach, a goal of mine was to coach at the University of Virginia. It is an experience I really cherish. I really feel very good about my whole career and being able to finish my coaching career in the great state of Virginia with all the great athletes, all the great high school coaches and all the great people who are here.”

“Bob has had remarkable success at every point of his coaching career and has had a huge impact on the lives of many people,” Groh said. “He did a terrific job for us this past football season and in recruiting. Personally, he has been a great friend of mine for a long time.

“We tell our players that as passionate as we are about football that there are more important things in life and family is one of those things. Bob is a model of that belief by his choosing to end his coaching career in order to serve his top priority his family. We applaud Bob for his career and courageous decision. We appreciate him, we love him and we will miss him,” Groh said.

Pruett joined the Virginia program after a three-year hiatus from coaching while working in private business in West Virginia. Prior to that, he served as the head coach at Marshall from 1996 to 2004, directing the Thundering Herd to a 94-23 record (.803) over nine seasons. During his tenure, Marshall was one of the most successful programs in the nation. His first season the Thundering Herd went 15-0 and won the NCAA Division I-AA (now FCS) national championship. In 1997 the program moved up to the Division I-A level and joined the Mid-American Conference. In its first six seasons as a I-A program, Marshall was 65-13, made six bowl appearances and won five. His 1999 squad finished the season 13-0 and ranked 10th in the final rankings.

  

News: Beat the winter blues with some baseball, Wednesday, 9:20 a.m.

Spring will soon arrive, and there is no better way to celebrate than by taking in a baseball game. On Sunday, March 1, the New Market Rebels will play host to exciting collegiate action at Rebel Park when a pair of Division III schools, the University of Pittsburgh-Bradford and Lincoln College, will face each other in a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m.

Admission is free, and the Rebels’ concession stand will be open throughout the afternoon.

For directions to Rebel Park, visit the Rebels website at www.rebelsbaseball.biz.


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