Paul Artley, who guided the Northern Cambria Area High School softball program to nearly 300 wins in his 20 seasons as its head coach, has resigned from the position.
Artley, 71, coached the Lady Colts to 287 total career wins and the District 6-A championship back in 2001. His teams also won several Heritage Conference and Appalachian Conference championships.
Artley has also been a junior high boys basketball coach at Northern Cambria for the past five decades. Currently the head coach of NC's seventh and eighth-grade boys basketball team, Artley will mark his 50th season as a junior high basketball coach at the school next winter.
He also spent several seasons as the head varsity girls basketball coach at Northern Cambria many years ago.
Artley will continue on as a basketball coach, but his wealth of coaching knowledge will be missed on the softball field. Nonetheless, he felt that it was time for him to step down.
"The school administration has been very good, and athletic director Jim Yeager has been excellent, but I reached the point where I believed that I needed to step away,'' said Artley, who submitted his resignation this week. "I have a good assistant coach, Bob Sabella, who has expressed interest in the head coaching job, and hopefully, the school board will hire him for the position.''
Yeager didn't return a phone call to the Mirror.
Artley said that the thing he enjoyed most about coaching softball was watching the players develop both personally and athletically.
"I think the biggest thing is to see the progress that many of the players make from their freshman year until the time they graduate, and watching what they do with their lives after they leave high school,'' Artley said, noting that many went on to successful professional careers.