By MIKE WILLIAMS
Pulaski County High School’s state champion track and field team has lost its head coach.
PCHS Athletic Director Scott Vest confirmed Wednesday night that Sirak Ogbagabir has resigned as head coach and will be moving back to Northern Virginia to be closer to his family.
The news comes just over a month since Ogbagabir coached his Cougar thinclads to the Class 4A state track and field championship on June 4.
Ogbagabir had been the Cougar track and field program’s leader since becoming head coach in 2013. He came to PCHS as an assistant track coach in 2008.
A native of Eritrea, Africa – a nation located in the Horn of Africa on the eastern coast that is bordered by Ethipoia and Sudan – he moved with his family to Northern Virginia. They lived in Woodbridge and Ogbagabir attended Garfield High School.
He would later attend the University of Toledo and eventually Radford University before coming to Pulaski County High School.
At the state track and field meet, held at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Pulaski County won the state title with a score of 63 points – three points better than runner-up Deep Creek.