10 Years Ago : Barry Nagle Retires

December 15, 2000
by Ernie Long

“Citing aching knees and a dwindling talent pool, BARRY NAGLE stepped down Wednesday as boys soccer coach at (William) Allen High School.

Nagle had been the varsity head coach of the Canaries for the past 19 years, amassing a record of 175-180-30.

The majority of those victories came in the first year of his tenure. Declining enrollment and declininig interest in the sport at the school — 16 players were on his team this year — caused Allen’s record to suffer most of the last decade.

‘We had good kids, just not enough of them,’ said Nagle. ‘It gets to a point where I guess it’s time to step aside and see if some younger kids can take over.’

‘Plus, physically, it’s harder to demonstrate,’ he said. ‘My knees and ankles ache.’

Another factor in the 52-year-old’s decision was that he wanted to spend more time coaching and watching his sons Kyle and Sean — freshmen at Parkland (High School) play soccer.

Nagle graduated from Allen in 1966 and, after graduating from what was then West Chester State University in 1970, he came back to school and spent two years as an unpaid assistant coach under DENNIS SPRINGER.

Under Nagle’s direction, Allen reached the District XI championship four times (1984, ’89, ’92, ’94), losing each time.

The Canaries were bidding for a fourth straight district playoff berth in 2000, but a late-season loss to (cross-town, arch-rival Louis E.) Dieruff ruined their chances.

‘That set me back,’ said Nagle. ‘I was so disappointed. They had a decent team, but I thought we could beat them. That was tough to take.’

Allen, which lost seven of its final nine regular season matches, finished 7-12-1 overall after beating Bethlehem Catholic in the East Penn Conference consolation match. The Canaries were 8-13 in 1999.”


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