Mar 16, 2017 - By Scott Akanewich, Sports EditorBig Red's leader on the mats for nine years is stepping down from his position.
For 12 seasons, one name has been synonymous with Riverton Wolverines wrestling and that name is Jay Galey.
However, that will no longer be the case next season, as Galey has announced his resignation from the job he has held for over a decade as both assistant and head coach.
For Galey, it wasn't an easy decision to leave the sport he loves, but he felt it was the right time to do so.
"I've been involved in the sport for a long time," said Galey. "I've been coaching ever since I started teaching school in Nebraska. I don't think it's ever easy to walk away, butI just felt like it was time. However, I'm very passionate about the sport and that will never change."
According to Galey, the most difficult aspect of his departure will be missing the daily interaction with his athletes.
"The thing I'll miss is definitely the kids," said Galey. "As a coach, you develop different relationships with kids and you become very close to them -- this is what makes it hard to walk away."
However, despite the fact he will no longer be there on a everyday basis, the legacy he leaves behind will continue to bear fruit in the form of not only memories, but future reminders, he said.
"The most important things to me are helping the guys become good people as they move on with their lives and hoping when they graduate from high school, they can look back on wrestling as a positive experience," said Galey. "As a coach, I really enjoy running into guys you've coached and talking to them about their wrestling careers and what they're doing with their lives after they leave high school."
RHS activities director Reggie Miller praised Galey for what he has brought to the program over the course of his tenure.
"During his time as head coach, Jay has coached multiple regional placers and has also had success at the state level," said Miller."He has put in a lot of time and has continued on the tradition of Riverton wrestling being competitive at the state level.RHS will miss the experience and knowledge Jay brought to the program, but he's leaving the program in a great place."
Galey will continue to assist in coaching golf for the Wolverines.
But, he will also carry on in helping organize the annual Ron Thon Memorial Invitational. He said his heart will always be on the mat.
"I'll cheering on the guys," said Galey, who has countless good moments to look back on during his time as the RHS grappling boss.
"My favorite memories would be extremely difficult to single out, as there are way to many to talk about. Every year, things happen you will never forget."
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