Robbie Waller out as LHU wrestling coach

Lock Haven University released head wrestling coach Robbie Waller from his contract Tuesday, according to Lock Haven sports information director Doug Spatafore.

Waller sent out an email Monday night addressed to alumni, friends and fans of Lock Haven to inform them he would no longer be the school’s head wrestling coach.

“The president has decided to take the program in a new direction and has bought out the remainder of Coach Waller’s contract,” Spatafore said in an email to the Sun-Gazette.

Waller said he was given no further explanation as to the decision of University President Michael Fiorentino other than he wishes to take the program in a different direction.

Waller will be paid for the remainder of the 2012-13 school year and will also receive full salary, health benefits and retirement contributions for the 2013-14 school year as well, according to Waller’s email.

Waller was hired to replace Rocky Bonomo in November 2009, and in four season took a Lock Haven program in shambles and returned it to being a contender in the Eastern Wrestling League. The wrestling team was the only men’s team at Lock Haven this year to finish with a winning record (7-6). The Bald Eagles posted wins over Eastern Michigan, West Virginia, Bucknell, Cleveland State and Duke this year.

The improvements in the program came despite Waller stating in his email that scholarship money for the program has been reduced by an estimated $40,000 over the last four years.

Waller also helped guide sophomore Fred Garcia and freshman Dan Neff to the NCAA tournament this year where they went a combined 3-4. In his four years as Lock Haven’s head coach, the Bald Eagles were 19-38 in dual meets.