Magnolia High School Head Baseball Coach Dave Cisar has piled up more than 700 victories in a career that has spanned almost four decades.
His longevity, hard work, and vast accomplishments were rewarded Jan. 27 at Appalachian Power Park when he was inducted into the West Virginia Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame.
Cisar won his first state championship in 2006, after losing twice in the finals (5-4 to Wayne in 1984 and 7-5 to Lincoln in 2003). He has a career record of 737-357.
Magnolia had won a state championship in 1989, defeating Independence 8-2. However, following the 1988 football season, Cisar had stepped down to take a football position at Princeton High School, which he later re-thought. He returned to the Magnolia dugout in 1993.
At his induction, Cisar received a plaque, which will be placed alongside those of other members of the Hall of Fame at Power Park.
In addition to Cisar being inducted into the Hall, Logan’s Kevin Gertz received the James Sexton Assistant Coach Award. John Lowery (Class-AAA) of Jefferson and Eric Ellis (Class-AA) of Chapmanville received WVBCA Coach of the Year awards.
Coaches who were previously inducted into the hall of fame include: William H. “Toby” Holbrook of Huntington High School; Steven Bradley of Van; Ray Swisher of Ripley; George Brumfield of Wayne; Ted Ellis of Chapmanville; John Lowery of Jefferson; Roger Gertz of Logan; Pete Iquinto of Lincoln; Joe Butta of East Bank; Cal Bailey of West Virginia State University; and Jack Cook of Marshall.
A coach must receive 75 percent of the votes from the Hall of Fame Committee to be inducted.