Latrobe wrestling coach's 40-year reign comes to an end
TribLIVE Sports Videos
When Marc Billett's wife Lynda retired as a teacher at the end of the school year, he decided it was time to do the same as a wrestling coach.
Billett, who retired as a teacher a few years ago, said it wasn't an easy decision to give up coaching, but he has all fond memories.
“When my wife retired I felt it was only fair to spend more time at home, give up coaching,” Billett said. “I married a special person.
“We really haven't celebrated Christmas over the years because we were in a tournament or we were practicing. Now I get a chance to spend time with her, the kids and grandchildren.”
Billett has been coaching in the district for the past 40 years, the last 21 as the varsity coach, where he compiled a 395-125-4 combined record. He was the longest tenured coach in history at Latrobe.
He also was recently inducted into the Pennsylvania Wrestling Hall of Fame.
“We have a good crew coming up to the varsity and I felt it would be another four-year commitment if I continued to coach. That wouldn't be fair to them if I quit before they were done.
“Things are in good shape and I hope the district considers Tad (Harbert) for the position.
“He has the passion for the sport and the kids love him.”
Billett said teaching and coaching were his calling.
“It came natural for me to do both,” Billett said. “I loved to do both.
“I've had a lot of thrills throughout my career: being inducted into the hall of fame, many who were my idols, and Ryan Goodwin winning a state title.
“The biggest thrill is when my wrestlers come back and tell me I made a difference in their life.”
Billett said he's thankful to have coached so many outstanding individuals.
“I'm not leaving with a bad taste in my mouth,” Billett said. “I'm leaving on my terms.”
Billett said he now plans to travel more with his wife and do more fishing. He's going to Montana in a couple weeks to fish, and he'll continue to teach fly casting and tying ties. He also guides at the Rolling Rock Club.
And even though Billett won't be coaching, he still will stay active in the sport, he said.
Paul Schofield is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-836-5095 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Pittsburgh roots shape former Md. governor’s outlook in run for president
- Pittsburgh HealthyRide bike share system scales back planned launch
- Point Park graduate’s ‘mugshot’ photos hit nerve on racism
- Steelers nose tackle McCullers finds performance, fitness go hand in hand
- Gorman: WPIAL trio triumphs over tragedy
- Spring is season of champions in A-K Valley
- Day care operator gets long sentence for neglect of children
- Delay sought in enforcing regulation to make mortgages easier to understand
- GMC Sierra is part workhorse, part command center
- Logan set to lead East Allegheny basketball
- Write-in opens up mayoral race in Greensburg