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Cisar and Montgomery Co-Man Of The Year

By Staff | Feb 12, 2009

MHS Head Baseball Coach Dave Cisar explains to his 2008 players what is needed to do to excel.

The two all-time winningest Ohio Valley high school baseball coaches have been selected Co-Man of the Year by the Upper Ohio Valley Dapper Dan Club.

Magnolia High School’s Dave Cisar and John Marshall’s Bob Montgomery will be honored at the 42nd annual Charity Awards Banquet. The event, open to the public, will be held next Feb. 14 in the Grande Ballroom at Mountaineer Race Track & Gaming Resort. A social hour starts at 5 p.m., followed by dinner at 6 p.m.

“Dave and Bob not only have set the standard high for baseball coaches in the area,” Dapper Dan President Dan Olexia said, “but they have been major contributors in other areas of the local sports scene. This is a deserving honor for two lifelong friends and rival coaches.”

Cisar and Montgomery both were raised in Marshall County where they were competitors in youth baseball as well as in high school sports –Montgomery at Moundsville and Cisar at Bishop Donahue.

They were teammates on the Wheeling Post 1 baseball teams and members of the 1964 state championship team.

They both graduated from West Liberty State College and were roommates from 1966-69.

Since college, Cisar has spent his entire teaching and coaching career at Magnolia High School and Montgomery has done likewise at John Marshall High School.

The two have combined for 1,449 high school coaching wins and not only rank 1-2 all-time in the Ohio Valley but 2-3 all-time in West Virginia. In addition, they are among the top 30 winningest still active coaches in the U.S. and in the top 60 all-time nationally.

Cisar also is the winningest football coach in Magnolia history; Montgomery has dedicated four decades of his career as a basketball official and baseball umpire.

“I am truly humbled by this honor,” Cisar said. “And it is really special to share it with Monty (Bob Montgomery) because of our long relationship dating back to playing in the kid leagues in Marshall County.”

Montgomery noted that, “This award makes me speechless. It is so special and even more so to be honored with Dave because some have said we are all but joined at the hip with our long playing and coaching relationship.”

Here’s why the two are being honored.

CISAR-The 1964 Bishop Donahue and 1970 West Liberty State graduate was a three-sport high school athlete and Hilltopper baseball player before starting his teaching-coaching career in Wetzel County.

In 35 seasons as the Blue Eagles’ baseball pilot, his teams have recorded a 724-351 record with 17 20-win seasons and four 30-victory campaigns. He has guided eight state tournament teams with three finishing as runner-up along with a Class AA title in 2006. Eight of his teams have captured OVAC crowns.

Cisar’s teams have included some 40 players who went on to play college baseball, including 15 NCAA Division 1 athletes. Three Blue Eagles also signed pro baseball contracts.

The Co-Man of the Year also served 24 years as the Blue Eagles’ football coach and his 158-103 record is the winningest in the 104-year history of Magnolia football.

His teams won four OVAC crowns and 11 qualified for the state Class AA playoffs with three finishing as runner-up. Cisar may be the only person to serve as head coach at four major All-Star Games – W.Va. North-South football and baseball plus OVAC W.Va.-Ohio football and baseball.

He has twice been selected as The Intelligencer Ohio Valley Football Coach of the Year and has been named OVAC and W.Va. Baseball Coach of the Year. In 1993, he received the Carl R. Hamill Award from the Dapper Dan Club.

The Co-Man of the Year was a 2003 inductee into the Ohio Valley Football Coaches Hall of Fame and a 2006 selection for the Bishop Donahue High School Hall of Fame.

He and wife, Beverly, reside in New Martinsville and have four sons-Aaron, Mark, Ryan, and Derek. All four played baseball for their father and all four were quarterbacks for their dad’s football teams.

MONTGOMERY-The 1964 graduate of Moundsville High School and 1969 West Liberty State alumnus was a three-sport high school athlete who has spent his entire professional life in Marshall County.

In 34 years as the John Marshall baseball coach, he has recorded a 725-305 won-loss record, an average of 21 wins a season. He has coached five Class AAA state tournament teams and won the 1985 state championship. His Monarch squads have captured 24 sectional titles and advanced to 13 regional finals.

Under his guidance, JM has won eight OVAC titles with seven playoff crowns and 25 tournament appearances. In Mountaineer League play from 1976-86, JM won seven regular season and five playoff titles.

Montgomery has coached 35 players who earned all-state recognition and 70 athletes who later played college baseball.

The Co-Man of the Year has been named OVAC Baseball Coach of the Year three times and W.Va. Coach of the Year five times. Since 1962, he has worked as a baseball official in West Virginia and Ohio with American Legion work since 1972 and Ohio Valley Board of Approved Umpires from 1966-72. He umpired five American Legion W.Va. state tournaments plus 10 sectionals and four regionals. In Ohio, he worked 10 sectionals and four district events.

Since 1966, he as been a member of the Ohio Valley Board of Approved Basketball Officials and worked some 2,500 regular season games and 500 tournament contests. Included were 29 W.Va. state events and 20 title games plus five Ohio state tournaments with three finals. From 1970-90, he worked NCAA Division II and West Virginia Conference college games including five tournaments.

He’s the only W.Va. inductee into the Ohio High School Association Officials Hall of Fame. He also was the 1989 Official of the Year honoree by the National Federation of Interscholastic Officials Association.

He and wife Sabrina reside in Moundsville.