Team: Eagle Academy For Young Men
Head Coach: John McGarry
Years at School as head coach: 5
Career Record at school: 37-35
Assistant Coaches: John Vitagliano
2011-2012 Dual Meet Record: 12-6
2011-2012 State, City, and Mayor's Cup place winners: State Qualifiers - Nathanael Rose, Miguel Perez; Mayors Cup place winners: Rashid Powell, Nigel Williams, Roshane Gray, Nathanael Rose
Coach's Season outlook:
Eagle Academy has 4 goals for the year
Lofty Goals...but as I look back at the last 8 months from when the season ended to now I know we have put in the work. We had two of our young men travel out to Fargo and go against the best and not only hold their own but also win matches. This year they will be at their optimal weight and ready to go. We return 13 members from last years team who have all gone to at least one camp and wrestled for our club. We have been on a great lifting program designed to strengthen our young men.
Not only did we prepare on the mat, but we have been preparing in the class room. Our wrestlers are in over 10 Advanced placement classes. Our Captain, Jairo Pepin is on track to be our Valedictorian.
Outside of school our boys are committed to improving our neighborhood. We raised over 500 lbs. of food for a local Bronx food pantry and have started our own Big Brother program pairing up our older wrestlers with our new middle school wrestlers. Lastly, we have begun looking to partner our wrestlers with lawyers and business people to get valuable time as interns (hopefully paid) to help them boast their college resumes.
Our two wrestlers at SUNY-Brockport are not only winning matches against Division I opponents and placing at tournaments, they have come back twice to help at practice and have chosen young men that they wish to mentor.
BTS Take: Coach McGarry said it all. Eagle Academy returns a strong lineup that has a number of proven competitors and even more wrestlers who have spent significant time working in the offseason to improve. Last year, Eagle won the PSAL D2 Championship, finished 4th in the City Dual Meet Championship, and Coach McGarry won the BTS HS Coach of the Year Award. We are excited to see if Eagle can match that success this year, and maybe even surpass it.