Longtime Perham wrestling head coach Robb Moser knew it was time. The long-time coach announced his resignation, which was accepted by the Perham-Dent School Board on March 18 during its meeting at Perham High School.
Moser capped off his career with a storybook ending. He coached his final match at the Class AA Championships, which happened to be his son’s last match as a Yellowjacket. Ty Moser captured the Class AA Championship at 195, earning the school’s first individual championship since the 2006 season. It was the third individual state champion during Moser’s time as head coach with the Yellowjackets. Moser oversaw 12 state tournament appearances, nine state placements, 109 total state entrants and 38 individual placewinners during his career with the Yellowjackets. He finished his coaching career with a 425-99-1 record.
“If God is a wrestling fan, I think he probably designed that for me in a way that was really neat,” Moser said. “Not many people can end coaching as a team on a win and we were able to win the third-place match against a really good team. But, to go on to the weekend with the individual portion and have our guys do very well was very special to me. To have the last wrestler of my coaching career, the last wrestler in the state finals and he caps off a perfect season and he happens to be my son, that’s pretty storybook.”
Moser said it was a really good transitional time to step down as head coach.
“The cupboard is not bare. We have a really good group coming and our facilities are finally up to where we want them to be,” Moser said. “We have a lot of good young people here and we have a coaching staff that has some youth to it. We have some openings in our schools. I just thought it was a good time to bring some people in who can keep adding to the program.”
Moser has been with the program for 24 years, 18 of them as head coach, helping take the program to new heights. Moser said one of the keys has been the ability to have that consistency at the top of the program.
“He has meant the world to the program and he has been here for a lot of years,” Perham Activities Director Erin Anderson said. “He has brought credibility and a hard, blue collar work ethic to the wrestling room. But, what he has always done, he has always been able to see the bigger picture for our younger athletes unbelievably well. He has served as a model for that for some of his colleagues as head coaches in my opinion.”
Anderson said he has made a permanent mark and tattooed his name on the Perham wrestling program.
“He has always been a coach of young men and that’s a philosophy he follows and one that he has brought to the wrestling room,” Anderson said. “He has been able to produce young men, who are good leaders. He has been able to capitalize on the differing gifts student-athletes bring to the wrestling room. They might not be the greatest leader, but he will find out what their gifts are and what their goals are and he has been able to pull that out of kids.”
Moser said it was important to be a part of the team with the transition to the new building and to have consistency at the top with the really strong schedule the team faced. While Ty’s graduation and future at NDSU didn’t fully impact the decision, it played a role.
“Ty’s graduating didn’t impact as much. I just think there is a time you wake up and say it’s time for someone else to lead. I’m not tired of the sport,” Moser said. “With that being said, I do recognize that if I want to follow him at all, I don’t think you can be a head coach and do that. I do want to watch him, but no that wasn’t the primary reason.”
Moser goes down as the longest head coach and now is the longest coach in Perham wrestling history, including time as an assistant, after passing John McEachran on the list with 24 years.
“In my mind, I thought, if I can beat John McEachran on the list, then I made enough of an impact and done enough for the sport in Perham,” Moser said. “That was important for me. I thought this was a great time. I have seen were coaches have hung on too long and I have seen where coaches have left when there was no one to get replacements. I think we can do better. I told administration, if the new person wants help, I’ll be happy to help them. I’m not totally burnt out.”
Anderson said at the school board meeting, Moser’s job will be posted and a committee put together for the hiring process.