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Nitro High School football coach announces plans to retire from job

Nitro High School Head Football Coach Bryce Casto announces he is retiring from his job. (WCHS/WVAH)

Citing health concerns and a need for family time, Nitro High School Wildcats Head Football Coach Bryce Casto announced he plans to retire from the job.

“It has been a true joy in my life to coach each of you,” Casto said in a message to his team. “As you all know, I’ve been in significant pain for some time now with my legs due to arthritis. It’s tough to not be able to take the medicines that would reduce my leg pain because of the negative interaction with my other meds.

“This makes it hard for me to move and do things the way I’d like as your coach. The brain says I’d like to continue to coach, but my body is saying retire.”

Casto also said he wanted to follow his son’s journey Zach as a baseball coach at West Virginia State University and his parents need his assistance.

Meanwhile, the coach said he will working diligently with the school’s administration in the process of finding a new head coach, and he still plans to stay active at the school.

“I will continue to teach at NHS and will be our team’s most ardent supporter,” Casto said.

Casto took over the Nitro program in 2015. In 2016, the team was 1-9 and finished 2-8 during the 2017 season. He coached a number of seasons at South Charleston High School and led that school to the AAA state title in 1994.

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