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Wagner joins Valley Christian staff

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Nick Wagner, who was not on the sidelines for Champions loss to Lakeview last Friday night, has joined Valley Christian’s staff as their defensive line coach.

Valley Christian co-head Coach Jeff Hether confirmed to 21 Sports Wagner joined staff earlier this week.

“He joined us earlier this week and will be with us tomorrow night,” Hether said when asked if Wagner will be on the sidelines when the Eagles close out the regular season against Crestwood.

Wagner was an assistant at Valley Christian before being named the head coach at Champion.

As to why Wagner is not coaching at Champion remains a mystery. Superintendent Pamela Hood told 21 Sports earlier this week that “Wagner did not resign and was not suspended but is not coaching the final games of the season.”
She would not say what led to the decision to not allow him to continue coaching.

Obviously for him to join another program in season means some sort of agreement was reached allowing him to seek other opportunities.

In a statement sent to 21 news Friday, Wagner said that he did not quit or leave the kids. 

Wagner's full statement reads: 

" I have refrained from making a public statement or answering questions regarding this situation because I just did not want to add to the distraction for the football team. I will always look to do what is in the best interest of these kids. Contrary to what you may have heard, or what has been told to the kids, I have not resigned as head coach of the Champion High School football team. A representative of mine was told that there were no plans for me to be renewed for next season due to “philosophical differences” with the high school principal.  I was, and still am, unaware that these philosophical differences existed.  Of course I wish that we could have, as role models for these students, sat down and worked together through these differences, but I was never given that opportunity. I would never have quit this team, and I would have appreciated the opportunity to finish the season, but when I refused to resign, I was told I had been relieved of my coaching duties by the administration. While I do not know what philosophical differences exist, I do know that I love coaching at Champion and we, the athletes, my staff, and I, were all excited about and committed to the prospect of building a solid, consistently winning football program. It seems that the feelings of one person took precedence over the needs our team. I have requested the opportunity to discuss this matter with the superintendent and the board of education, but so far that request has been denied. I want to thank the kids for all of their hard work this season as well as their families and dedicated community members. Thank you for not quitting when times got tough just as I did not quit on my players. 

Valley Christian has qualified for the playoffs meaning Wagner gets at least two weeks with his new team. 

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