Casey, the Islanders coach the past four seasons, resigned during the summer to free up personal time for himself. A former all-state wrestler for the Islanders, Casey led Poquoson to a second place finish in the 2009 Group AA state tournament and coached five individual state champions.
Eric Decker is the new wrestling coach at Poquoson High. Decker, an assistant to Mike Casey the past two seasons, was approved on Tuesday at a meeting of the Poquoson School Board.
"I'm excited about becoming the new coach because of the potential and the talent Poquoson has," Decker said. "Poquoson is a wrestling town with a great tradition.
"All of the important people in the sport are here, including three national hall of famers. The tools are laid out for us to be successful."
Decker, 24, brings some tools of his own. A three-time high school state champion in New York, he qualified for the
NCAA tournament as a wrestler at Virginia Tech and Old Dominion.
In addition to assisting Casey at
Poquoson, he has served as the head coach of the Peninsula Wrestling Association for the past eight months. He said that regular participation in the PWA has grown from 12 to more than 40 this year, and that two club wrestlers earned NHSCA All-American honors during the summer.
Decker said he plans to remain deeply involved in developing pee wee and middle school wrestlers in Poquoson. He's optimistic about the future of the program because of the quality of the young wrestlers moving into the program the next couple of years, including three freshmen he expects to quickly compete for statewide honors.