OTTUMWA — There will be a new head coach in 2008 for the Ottumwa High School wrestling program.

Shawn Williamson, who has been involved with the Bulldog wrestling squad since the 1993-94 season and has been head coach the past 13 seasons, confirmed that the search is on for a new face to guide OHS next winter.

Calls made to Ottumwa High School Athletic Director Dave Clement were not returned Wednesday.

Williamson said Wednesday that although he was no longer the head coach at the moment, he could return to the job if another coach isn’t found.

“There is a search. I have not resigned. I have not been fired. If Clement doesn’t find anybody, I have a job,” said Williamson, who is a graduate of Lisbon High School. “My status of head coach is no longer.”

Ottumwa School District Superintendent Jon Sheldahl said Wednesday that he would not go on record at this time concerning the status of a head wrestling coach.

Williamson brought one wrestler to the state meet this season in senior heavyweight Chris Rupe. Rupe placed seventh and finished eighth at state as a junior at 215 pounds last year.

Williamson indicated that is involved and cares for the sport of wrestling in Ottumwa. He said that he hoped Ottumwans knew that he gave it his all in the time he contributed to wrestling, and that he tried to make the Bulldogs the best they could be.

“I tried to always do the right things. That’s about all I can do,” said Williamson.

Williamson, a graduate of Ellsworth Community College and the University of Northern Iowa, said that he will maintain his job as math teacher at OHS.

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