PITTSBURGH, Pa. — After obtaining the first ever Class A West Virginia State High School Football Championship with a thrilling 43-42 overtime win over Madonna, veteran Wahama Coach Ed Cromley was selected as a featured speaker at the prestigious 51st annual Pittsburgh Nike Coach of the Year Clinic.
The Clinic also honored the 2012 state football champions from the states of Maryland, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.
The Nike Coaches clinic was held on February 22-24 at the Double Tree Hilton in Pittsburgh with a distinguished group of celebrated college coaches as the featured speakers as well as several successful high school coaches.
Notable college coaches in attendance included Lane Kiffin from the University of Southern California, Dabo Swinney from the University of Clemson, Mark Stoops from the University of Kentucky, Paul Pasqualoni from the University of Connecticut and Bob Davie a former University of Notre Dame coach and currently the head coach at the University of New Mexico.
Cromley joined a group of extremely respected high school coaches and medical specialists who spoke on Saturday afternoon about a variety of football subjects pertaining to offensive. defensive and special team strategies as well as the kicking game and football related injuries.
The White Falcon mentor’s presentation included a 75 minute discussion on “An offensive mindset for all aspects of special teams” and “extending offensive opportunities once we get our hands on the ball.”
Cromley, the most successful gridiron coach in Wahama White Falcon history, has amassed an impressive resume over the past 18 seasons as the head coach of the Bend Area football program.
Under Cromley’s reign as the director of the WHS gridders the White Falcons have posted an incredible 149-35 record. Throughout that period he has guided the Mason County team to an unprecedented 13 playoff berths, five Class A final four appearances and one state championship.
In addition, the White Falcons have compiled a remarkable 47-5 record during the past four years while assembling a string of 31 consecutive, regular season triumphs.
Wahama has also enjoyed a huge amount of success since joining the Hocking Division of the Tri-Valley Conference in 2010 with 24 straight league victories and back-to-back-to-back conference titles.
The veteran grid mentor has also achieved numerous Coach of the Year honors from the Ohio Valley Publishing area team, as well as receiving Coach of the Year awards in each of the past two seasons in the small schools division of the TVC.
As a result of his continued success on the gridiron, Cromley has achieved the utmost respect among the elite coaching ranks in West Virginia and Ohio while also positioning Wahama among the top Class A football programs in the state of West Virginia.