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Cisar steps down as Magnolia baseball coach

(Photo by Cody Tomer) Longtime Magnolia coach Dave Cisar, left, retired on Monday after 48 years at the helm. He is pictured with his son Mark Cisar following a game.

NEW MARTINSVILLE — Magnolia baseball coach Dave Cisar says he is the luckiest man in the world.

The legendary coach spent 48 years doing what he loved, in a place he loved, with who he loved.

On Monday, however, Cisar, 75, made the decision to step down as baseball coach of the Magnolia baseball team when he turned in his resignation letter.

Although stepping away from the game that has been part of his life for so many years was a difficult decision to make, Cisar is simply thankful for the opportunity to live out a dream.

“I’m the luckiest guy in the world,” Cisar said. “I’m thankful to my wife (Beverly) for letting me do all of this stuff. Without her I’d be nothing. She did everything for me. She always cleaned those baseball uniforms everyday and I thank God she was my Number 1. She’s been a backbone for me. For 95-98% of coaches, if they don’t have the right partner, it doesn’t make it easy.”

Cisar finished his coaching career at Magnolia with a record of 893-440 in 48 years guiding the baseball program. His 893 wins ranks first in OVAC history and second all-time in West Virginia.

Cisar also earned a state title, nine OVAC championships and finished as a state runner-up three times.

Along with his outstanding accomplishments on the diamond, he was also successful as a football coach and a teacher.

He guided the football program to a record of 158-103 over a 24-year span.

“I was able to coach my sons and all of them were all-state baseball and football players,” Cisar said. “We were very good back in the day. You have to be lucky in sports and I was lucky to get to do this everyday and go to school everyday to be a teacher. If someone told me I’d be a teacher for 48 years I’d say you were nuts but I loved every bit of it.”

Not only was Cisar supported by his family while doing what he loved, but he also couldn’t have picked a better place to do it.

“Magnolia High School is a real wonderful school,” Cisar said. “My kids went there, my wife taught there and it was wonderful to wake up every morning to go to Magnolia High School. I really enjoyed my 48 years teaching health, physical education and especially social studies.”

Cisar still has plenty of fire inside of him and was always full of energy as he stood along the third base line — whether he was waving a kid around third and on his way to home or if he was delivering a stern message to his team to step it up, one thing was certain — he loved the game. But now he is looking forward to the next chapter in his life.

“I’m going to look for a rocking chair and watch the penguins play hockey and watch the Pirates play baseball,” Cisar said with a laugh. “I’ll stay around New Martinsville with some wonderful church-going people. I’m really excited about that.

“When you get to be in your 70s in baseball, your bones just become a little rigid and you have to start doing other things. That’s what Mr. Time has done for me but it’s just time to let somebody else who is younger do it and start it all over again.”

Cisar will undoubtedly miss the game of baseball from time to time, however, the game of baseball will miss him even more.

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