North wrestling coach Daniel resigns

After building North Gwinnett’s wrestling team into a Gwinnett County power, head coach Phil Daniel announced his resignation on Thursday.

Daniel spent the last six years as the Bulldogs’ head coach, leading the team to four top-five finishes at the Gwinnett County tournament. North was also well represented at the state level with top five finishes the previous two seasons.

Daniel came to the Suwanee school in the fall of 2008 after spending 15 years at Ringgold where he won five team state championships.

At North Gwinnett, Daniel coached 17 state placers, including three state runner-ups. Daniel coached his son Dalton to a runner-up finish in 2012. North had just 11 state placers in the previous 12 seasons.

The Bulldogs also racked up the team accolades as well. The top five finishes at the traditional state tournament in in 2012 and 2013 were the highest in more than 20 years. North placed 13th this season.

The Bulldogs also had four top-five finishes at the Gwinnett County tournament, including runner-up in 2013. That’s tied for the highest finish in school history.

North was also a factor in the dual tournaments, qualifying for the state duals in 2011 and 2013 under Daniel.