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Rich Downer / For The Valley Independent
Tyler Nauman resigned after just one season as the head wrestling coach at Belle Vernon Area Monday April 28, 2014.
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Tuesday, April 29, 2014, 12:21 a.m.

For the second time in less than a year, Belle Vernon Area is looking for a new head wrestling coach.

Tyler Nauman, who was hired last July at a salary of $9,029 to replace long-time coach Jack Jolley, had his resignation approved by the BVA School Board Monday night.

Nauman's resignation was approved by a 7-1 vote with Director Joe Grata casting the only vote to not accept it.

Nauman coached the Leps to the best season in the school's history as BVA won the first section title in the school's history and made a deep run into the team playoffs.

BVA finished the season 17-2, but went 6-0 in AAA Section 2 A and the Leps finished the season ranked in the top 10 in the WPIAL Class AAA rankings.

And the BVA team is loaded with underclassmen talent.

Nauman said in a resignation letter to the district that he recently was hired to a full-time sales job that will keep him from coaching.

“I think he was hired by Coca-Cola, although I'm not totally sure,” said BVA Athletic Director Jesse Cramer. “He was looking for a full-time job and he found one. His wife is a substitute teacher, so neither one of them had full-time jobs.

“It's unfortunate for us. I feel bad, but what are you going to do? We have to move on now.”

Nauman tried to resign from the post earlier, but was talked out of doing so by school administrators.

Nauman was a former PIAA wrestling champion and two-time All American when he wrestled at Pitt, where he compiled a 140-31 record on the mat. He advanced to the NCAA championships three straight years at Pitt.

Prior to coming to BVA, he had served as an assistant wrestling coach at Drexel.

Nauman did not return calls for comment for this story.

Cramer set no timetable for hiring a replacement.

Jeff Oliver is a sports editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-684-2666 or

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