After weeks of deliberation, Larry Wolf made it official to his team and to the public Oct. 28 when he announced his retirement as Ready High School football coach.

After weeks of deliberation, Larry Wolf made it official to his team and to the public Oct. 28 when he announced his retirement as Ready High School football coach.

Although the Silver Knights lost to Hartley 42-12 that night at Dublin Scioto to finish 4-6 for the second consecutive season, it was just the third losing season in Wolf's 14 years leading the program.

He won his 100th game at Ready on Sept. 23 with a 23-22 victory at Coal Grove Dawson-Bryant.

"I'll miss this," Wolf said. "I'm retired and resigned from football and I don't know if I'll have a chance to coach football again, but I'll always love Bishop Ready. Right now it's just something I have to do."

Wolf, a 1972 Wehrle graduate, went 50-32 from 1988-95 at Columbus Academy but was just 5-15 over his final two seasons.

After serving as an assistant in 1996 and 1997 at Hilliard Darby, where he currently is a teacher, Wolf took over at Ready in July 1998 after Jim Caldwell stepped down.

Wolf went 101-51 with the Silver Knights for a career mark of 151-83.

He coached Academy to two playoff appearances and led Ready to the postseason seven times.

In 2007, the Silver Knights made it to a Division V state semifinal and finished 12-2.

"I have a great deal of respect for him," Hartley coach Brad Burchfield said. "He's all I've known of Ready and Hartley, and I know he brought a lot out of their kids."

That sentiment was echoed by Ready senior Bo Hardy, who was the team's starting quarterback last year and its No. 1 running back this season.

"Coach Wolf was almost like a second father to me," Hardy said. "He helped shape me into the man I'm going to become and shaped me for the rest of my life."

After Ready's stellar 2007 season, it was a Division V, Region 19 runner-up in 2008 and lost in the first round of the Region 20 playoffs in 2009.

Wolf's teams traditionally ran the wing-T until midway through the 2008 when they began using the spread offense.

Although Ready didn't reap the benefits from the new system the last two seasons, Wolf never questioned his players' effort.

He believes his final game, in which the Silver Knights were within 14-12 before allowing a late first-half score to the defending Division IV state champion Hawks, was an example of that.

"This is Bishop Ready, and we don't lay down," Wolf said. "They'd better never lay down."