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Western Carolina coach Dennis Wagner resigns
Western Carolina football coach Dennis Wagner resigned Sunday, one day after the Catamounts lost to Appalachian State 46-14.
Western Carolina has an 8-36-1 record in four seasons under Wagner. Assistant coach Mark Rhea will be the interim coach for the Catamounts’ final game at home against Coastal Carolina.
Western Carolina was a dismal 3-29 in Southern Conference games under Wagner. Western is 1-9 this year, 0-8 in the Southern Conference, and is mired in a 14-game SoCon losing streak.
Western Carolina lost nine games in each of Wagner’s four years as head coach. Wagner had two years left on his contract. The next coach will be the Catamounts’ seventh sine 1988.
The university is currently working under an interim head football coach and an interim athletic director after Chip Smith was fired last month. Fred Cantler is the current AD.
Rhea was promoted to defensive coordinator after Mark Pawlowski was fired two weeks ago. Rhea came to Western Carolina as defensive line coach in March 2010 from Tiffin University, where he was the defensive coordinator.
Rhea was named Western Carolina’s recruiting coordinator prior to the 2011 season.
Wagner came to Western Carolina after being an assistant at Nebraska. He took over a program that went 3-19 the previous two seasons, including an 0-14 mark in Southern Conference games.
Wagner never beat rival Appalachian State in four tries. The Catamounts have lost 25 of their last 27 games to the Mountaineers.