Wanninger retiring after 39 years of coaching


By Jason Strickland - [email protected]



Windsor football coach Dave Wanninger, Crest Ridge coach Chris Cavanah and players from both teams shake hands before a 2014 district game.


Dave Wanninger meets with Lincoln players Lane Johnson and Cody Gregory during pre-game before the Cardinals’ district game against Windsor.


Dave Wanninger shakes hands with Windsor players after the Greyhounds’ district playoff loss at Lincoln.


By Jason Strickland

[email protected]

Windsor football coach Dave Wanninger, Crest Ridge coach Chris Cavanah and players from both teams shake hands before a 2014 district game.
http://sedaliademocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/web1_SECONDARY-ART-WANNINGER.jpgWindsor football coach Dave Wanninger, Crest Ridge coach Chris Cavanah and players from both teams shake hands before a 2014 district game.

Dave Wanninger meets with Lincoln players Lane Johnson and Cody Gregory during pre-game before the Cardinals’ district game against Windsor.
http://sedaliademocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/web1_THIRD-ART-WANNINGER.jpgDave Wanninger meets with Lincoln players Lane Johnson and Cody Gregory during pre-game before the Cardinals’ district game against Windsor.

Dave Wanninger shakes hands with Windsor players after the Greyhounds’ district playoff loss at Lincoln.
http://sedaliademocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/web1_LEAD-ART-WANNINGER.jpgDave Wanninger shakes hands with Windsor players after the Greyhounds’ district playoff loss at Lincoln.

After 39 years of coaching, Windsor head football coach Dave Wanninger has decided to retire after this school year.

Wanninger has been the head coach for the Greyhounds football and track and field teams since 2006. He also had a stint as a football coach at Windsor in the 80’s.

“I’ve been doing this for 39 years, so it’s probably time for somebody else to take over the reins for being a head coach here,” Wanninger said.

The Greyhounds had a combined record of 40-62 since Wanninger returned in 2006.

Windsor went 5-6 this past season, including its first ever postseason win when the Greyhounds won at Crest Ridge 43-18 in the first round of the Class 1, District 4 tournament.

“It was nice; it was nice,” Wanninger said. “It’s a team thing. It involves all the coaches and everything but obviously it was a nice win.”

Wanninger said he informed the team of his decision to retire before the final regular season game at Crest Ridge.

“They were very respectful and everything,” he said. “… They responded well, played really well against Crest Ridge that week and played even better the next.”

The Greyhounds won the game regular season game against Crest Ridge 47-40 and beat Crest Ridge the next week in districts.

After the district win, senior running back Chase Wetterow said it was great that the team was able to get a district win in Wanninger’s final season.

“Our coach is retiring and I think it’s just great we can go out like this,” he said. “We played hard and it’s a real team we have out there.”

Wanninger has coached at Clinton, Smith-Cotton, and Bowling Green in Missouri and at New Berlin High School in Illinois.

“Hopefully I’ll be doing something with football somewhere next year,” Wanninger said. “… Maybe volunteering or helping out as an assistant somewhere.”

Jason Strickland can be reached at 660-530-0147 or on Twitter @J_Strick_Sports.

Sedalia Democrat

Jason Strickland can be reached at 660-530-0147 or on Twitter @J_Strick_Sports.

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