Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Baptist Minister Has Calling as Beaver Area Coach, Too

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Baptist Minister Has Calling as Beaver Area Coach, Too

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Dale Regner considers himself "an interim coach," even though he's entering his third season as the varsity wrestling coach at Beaver Area High School.

Perhaps that attitude might have something to do with his "day job."

Regner loves the sport of wrestling, but his calling is as a Baptist minister.

"I'm the pastor of Cannelton Baptist Church, which is located in Darlington, near Beaver Falls," Regner said. "I've been the pastor there for 27 years."

His career as a wrestling coach is more of an avocation that he has dabbled in over the years.

"My son, Kerry, coached the team for one year and I helped out as a volunteer coach," Regner said. "Kerry decided to attend graduate school the following year. He asked me to take over the program when the district couldn't find a coach. So I'm in my third year as an interim coach."

Regner began wrestling while attending VBS High School in upstate New York, near Syracuse.

"I didn't start wrestling until my sophomore year, but I immediately fell in love with the sport," said Regner, who was a two- year starter at VBS. "I continued my career at Slippery Rock and lettered two years."

Regner graduated from Slippery Rock with a bachelor's degree in health and physical education and began his coaching career as a volunteer assistant at Beaver Local High School in Lisbon, Ohio. He also met his future wife at Slippery Rock.

"We got married and moved to Colorado, where I attended Denver Seminary," Regner said. "Three years later, I earned my master's in divinity degree. My wife and I then spent one year in the Philippines on a missionary stint."

When Regner and his wife returned to Pennsylvania, he became the minister at Cannelton Baptist Church. After starting his career as a pastor, Regner wanted to return to his "hobby".

"I consider wrestling my hobby," Regner said. "I volunteered at Blackhawk for a couple years, then served as head coach for six years."

Regner continued working at Blackhawk as a volunteer assistant after his stint as a head coach. …

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