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Rhyan named wrestling coach at Oak Ridge

By: Matt Long
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Casey Rhyan couldn’t be any happier to be the head coach of Oak Ridge High’s wrestling team. Rhyan, 39, has replaced Rocco Cardinale, who resigned last month after 10 years at the helm. Rhyan takes over a program that has become one of the best in the Sacramento area in recent years. “I’m very happy and really excited to be the head coach,” Rhyan said. “I’ve got some big shoes to fill, but I’m very excited.” Oak Ridge Athletic Director is glad to have Rhyan as the leader of the wrestling program. “He’s coached quite a while and we look to him to build upon what Rocco has established,” White said. “He’s a character guy and I like that. We’re fortunate that he’s been with the program for awhile too.” After being a head coach for 11 years, seven at Deer Valley High School and four at El Dorado High, Rhyan assisted Cardinale at Oak Ridge the last two seasons. Both he and his wife, Brooke, teach at Oak Ridge. Rhyan teaches science, while Brooke is an English teacher. As leader of the wrestling program, Rhyan is more than about wins and losses. “I’m competitive and I want to win, but I’m looking forward to teaching these kids how to grow up to be good men of character,” he said. “That’s what I get out of coaching. “I’m really lucky to be here at Oak Ridge because there’s a lot of support here. The parents are unbelievable. I feel as though the sky is the limit here and I’d like to continue building Oak Ridge into a state power. All the ingredients are here.” The freestyle program at Oak Ridge continues to grow. This past season there were about 50 in the club and between the two middle schools in El Dorado Hills, Marina Village and Rolling Hills, there are about 90 kids in the wrestling program. “It’s the perfect timing to be a head coach here,” Rhyan said. “Next year we’re moving into Division I with some tough teams like Ponderosa, Folsom, Sheldon and Pleasant Grove. We have a young team, but I’m excited about that.”