For the last nine years, Danny Sinnott has built the Peachtree Ridge wrestling program into one of the best in the state.
That's what made the decision to part with the Suwanee school so hard. Sinnott announced his resignation earlier this month to leave Peachtree Ridge and take the head coaching job at South Forsyth.
"I've been teaching special education for 10 years, but I have wanted to move on to health and PE," Sinnott said. "I wanted to do it at Peachtree Ridge, but it wasn't going to happen. South Forsyth had a position and it was time to make the move. It's going to be hard to leave."
Sinnott has been with the program ever since it started, including the last eight years as head coach. Peachtree Ridge has finished in the top 10 in the Class AAAAA traditional state tournament the last five seasons. The team's best finish was in 2011 when it took fourth. Under Sinnott, Peachtree Ridge had 22 state placers, including seven state champions and seven runner-ups. The Lions also made two trips to the state duals in 2009 and 2012.
"It's been a great journey. We joke around with Mike Stephen, who was the head coach the first year we opened, that we scored negative one point at the region tournament," Sinnott said. "That was as rough as it comes. We have grown and it's hard to leave that. At the same time, it feels good leaving the program in such good shape."
A replacement for Sinnott has not been announced, but the next head coach will inherit a team that graduates four senior state placers. Two-time state champion Tsvetomir Petrushev, who missed last season with an injury, is expected to return.
Sinnott takes over a South Forsyth team that placed 56th at this year's Class AAAA state tournament and was 51st in 2011. South Forsyth is moving to Class AAAAAA next season.
"I feel like it's the move I need to make for me and my wife. I'm excited about the opportunity to build another program," Sinnott said. "It's been an awesome nine years and I've enjoyed every bit of it. It was real rewarding."