It was a phone call Chris Mary will never forget. It made him rethink his priorities.
"We were at the Virginia Duals [in January 2012] when my wife, Amy, called," said Mary, who was in his 12th season as head coach of the Canon-McMillan wrestling team. "My daughter, Ava Marie [now 3 years old], asked Amy where daddy lived, and when can we go visit him. That really blew me away."
That phone call, plus the addition of a second daughter, 1-year-old Alivia, reminded Mary of the most important thing in life. "Family has to come first. That's why I'm retiring after 23 years of coaching. It's time for me to spend more time with my family."
Mary's resignation was announced at Monday night's school board meeting, where the Big Macs wrestling team was recognized for winning its fourth consecutive WPIAL Class AAA title, its third team title in a row at the PIAA individual championships and second consecutive PIAA team title.