Panthers say goodbye to football, wrestling coach

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SHENANDOAH, March 8 — On Monday afternoon, Page County High School Athletic Director Bill Simmons issued a letter to Panther fans announcing the resignation of a respected coach.

“At this time it is being recognized that after meeting today with his players, Coach Joey Soltis has formally resigned as head football and wrestling coach. Coach Soltis has been given the opportunity to take a different direction in his career and also focus more greatly on his family,” reads the March 7 letter from Simmons.

The letter notes that Soltis is leaving coaching after 31 combined years at the high school and collegiate levels.

“Not only had he coached football at Page County for the last nine years, including 15 wins in the last three years and winning the Luray-Page rivalry in the spring of 2021, but he also started our wrestling program in 2017,” the letter reads. “He has made innumerable impacts on student-athletes for over three decades and his presence in this building will be extremely missed. Page County Athletics is deeply grateful to Coach Soltis and wish him well in his future endeavors.”

The search to fill the coaching positions will begin immediately.

“I will be meeting with staff, administrators and players to get a clear vision of what we will seek out of Coach Soltis’ replacement that will align with our program and school goals,” the PCHS athletic director stated. “Be assured that throughout every step of this process, it will be this office’s priority to find a candidate that will lead Panthers football in a way reflective of the deeply held traditions of Page County High School and will ensure that the ‘Spirit of the Panther’ lives on.”



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