Trojans bring back Dolan to coach

Former Derry Area state champion Troy Dolan hired as new wrestling coach

Mon Aug 30, 2021 - 9:32AM

Sean Meyers Sean Meyers

Last Updated: Mon Aug 30, 2021 - 3:58AM

While the Derry Area wrestling program boasts a rich tradition, Troy Dolan stands out as one of the greatest grapplers in the team's storied history. A three-time PIAA champion during his time with the Trojans, Dolan is back at his alma mater to guide the program, as he was hired as the varsity head coach on Thursday.

Dolan, a 2007 graduate, replaces Mike Weinell, who led the program to tremendous success for the past 11 years, compiling 131 dual-meet victories and producing three different individual state champions.

Dolan’s return to Derry Area wrestling began last year, as he joined the Junior High team as an assistant coach. He continued working with the kids all offseason, but when Weinell stepped down in June, Dolan eyed the opportunity.

“I think we have a talented group of athletes, so just really excited and look forward to working with the athletes,” said Dolan.

In 2020-21, Derry Area qualified for the team sectional, but fell to top-seeded Burrell, thus failing to advance to the WPIAL Class AA team tournament. Derry Area finished the season with a mark of 6-13 overall. Additionally, the Trojans came up short of their standard for individual success, as they failed to produce a state medalist for the first time in 16 years.

That streak stretched back to Dolan’s career on the mat, as he claimed three-consecutive PIAA gold medals from 2005-07, and compiled a career mark of 170-9. Additionally, he posted a 40-match win streak to conclude his run with the Trojans.

He continued his career on the mat initially at the University of Missouri, but later returned to Pennsylvania to wrestle with Lock Haven and the University of Pitt – Johnstown.

Dolan believes many of his characteristics as a wrestler will now translate to his new role as the leader of the Trojans.

“I think hard working, just like on the mat; a student of the sport, willing to learn more. And I think I also have good coaches around me,” he stated.

With the wrestling preseason slated to commence in a few weeks, Dolan aims to continue the success of the program.

“I think there’s definitely high expectations, and I think it’s exciting to build off that successful history,” he said. “Down the road, we’re going to start looking at more WPIALs and stuff like that, and as a team, really try to grow and start building to the trophy case.”