Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Vulcano Puts Cap on Bucs Career

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Vulcano Puts Cap on Bucs Career

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Jim Vulcano has stepped down as wrestling coach at Chartiers- Houston, but isn't stepping away from a sport that has played a major part in his life since he was 5.

"I've been contemplating this for a few years," said Vulcano, who led the Buccaneers to a 107-57 record in 11 years. "I've been saying 'one more year' for a couple of years.

"There's no perfect time to step down from a job that's been a labor of love. You've just got to make an end somewhere."

Making the process even tougher is the bond that a coach builds with his wrestlers.

"Just when I would feel it was the right time, I would become attached to a couple of new kids, and would want to stick around until they graduated," Vulcano said.

"I'm very close with Lee Beatty [a three-year starter who has 80 career victories]. We work out at the same gym, so I see him all the time. I feel bad that I will not be in his corner for his senior season, but I told Lee that I would be glad to help if he needs any extra workouts."

Stepping down was even harder, when one considers Vulcano is a Chartiers-Houston graduate. He graduated in 1982 after compiling a 129-13-1 record. Vulcano was a two-time WPIAL runner-up, a three- time section champion, a four-time PIAA qualifier and a two-time PIAA place-winner.

"I'm sure I'll miss it, but I'm not leaving the sport for good," said Vulcano, who is 39. "I have two nephews in the Chartiers- Houston Youth Program, so I plan to spend some time coaching them."

Vulcano attended California University of Pennsylvania after graduating from Chartiers-Houston, but his wrestling career was cut short by a knee injury and an offer to coach.

"I spent seven years at Canon-McMillan as an assistant to Dave Cook," Vulcano said. "Then Char-tiers-Houston approached me about taking over as head coach. I jumped at the opportunity to coach my alma mater. …

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