Earlier this week, Easton Area School Board unanimously approved the start of a girls wrestling program in the 2020-21 season during its virtual meeting ... becoming only the second public school in Pennsylvania to announce girls wrestling. (McCaskey High was the first.)
On Friday, Easton High School announced it had opened up the head boys' coaching position… meaning JaMarr Billman no longer held that title.
Billman confirmed that news Friday afternoon.
"I did not resign," he wrote in a text message. "I only know that the job was opened. I was not told anything else."
The varsity boys wrestling coach opening has been posted on the school district website. Billman, who had been head coach for the Easton Rovers for the past four seasons, may re-apply for the position.
Here's Easton athletic director Jim Pokrivsak explained the coaching change:
"Easton's boys wrestling program has a proud history and tradition as one of the finest wrestling programs in the state. Yet, from time to time as with any program, no matter how successful it has been in the past, it is necessary to take a fresh look at where the program has been and where it might be going in the future. As part of that re-examination there has been a collective decision to open the boys wrestling coach position with a view toward the continued improvement necessary to ensure that Easton's wrestling program will maintain its tradition of excellence well into the future."
Easton is also seeking a varsity head girls wrestling coach. The boys and girls coaching positions are completely separate.
Billman has a long history with Easton as a student-athlete, and, more recently, on the coaching staff. He was a two-time PIAA Class 3A champion for Easton in 1996 and 1997 when he was named The Express-Times Wrestler of the Year. He was a four-time state medalist. He wrestled at Penn State and Lock Haven, compiled a 117-13 record and was a three-time All-American, finishing fifth each time.