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Former Keystone Oaks Wrestling Coach Dies

Dave Kling died this week in Florida, according to reports.

A former Keystone Oaks wrestling coach has died, according to a report by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Dave Kling, who retired after the 2002-03 season, died late last week in Florida. Kling relocated to Florida after his retirement.

According to the Post-Gazette, Kling spent 30 seasons at Keystone Oaks and ranks fourth in WPIAL history with 381 wins and a record of 381-152-2.

To read the full article from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, click here.

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Jason D Flaherty January 02, 2013 at 02:58 PM
A true mentor.. Not enough words can describe OUR coach and teacher. I can say some of us kids only had our coaches as father figures and the kids after he left KO have no clue what a man he was. Thanks Coach Kling!!!
Erin Faulk January 02, 2013 at 05:01 PM
Thanks for sharing, Jason.
Concerned Citizen January 02, 2013 at 05:14 PM
He will be sorely missed. He was a great mentor to a lot of kids. My condolences to his loved ones.
MSgt. John DeLallo January 02, 2013 at 05:39 PM
I knew Dave pretty well, and both my boys wrestled for him. Great guy, great mentor, and knew how to work with parents too. I never heard a disparaging remark made about the man. RIP, Dave. You touched hundreds of lives, perhaps even thousands.
Mike Johns January 02, 2013 at 11:43 PM
Erin can you find out if KO plans any type of memorial/recognition of Mr. Kling and his career as they did for Mr. O'Donnel and Mr. Armitage? As a teacher for 30+ years and a coach of four different varsity sports, he touched thousands and thousands of lives. His legacy is certainly deserving of the same treatment that the other men received.
Erin Faulk January 03, 2013 at 12:39 AM
Sure. I have contacted the district to find out. Thanks!
DormontMOM January 04, 2013 at 04:08 AM
There is a a Facebook Page for DAVE KLING Memorial, information below from the site. A memorial service has been scheduled for January 19th at 1 pm at the Mt. Lebanon Methodist Church at 3319 West Liberty Ave (corner of Scott Rd.)Pittsburgh, PA. Friends are welcomed to visit with the family at the church prior to the service beginning at 11am. Please join us to celebrate the life of and accomplishments of Dave Kling ♥
Erin Faulk January 04, 2013 at 01:20 PM
Thanks for posting this. Here's the link to that page: https://www.facebook.com/DaveKlingMemorialPage?ref=ts&fref=ts I'll have an article up soon about this memorial service. I'm also working to get in touch with some people who worked with him in the school district for comment.

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