Boalsburg, Pa . -- Saint Joseph's Catholic Academy is proud to announce the launching of a new wrestling program this coming wrestling season in 2013. Saint Joseph's will add wrestling as another PIAA athletic opportunity as a Class AA wrestling program in 2013.
The Saint Joseph's wrestling program will be run by two former NCAA Division I wrestlers with over 32 years of experience coaching wrestling.
Head Coach Pat Flynn is originally from Annapolis, MD where he was a State Champion in High School and then went on to compete for 3 years as a starter for the University of Maryland. At Maryland, Pat was an NCAA Honorable Mention All-American and an ACC Champ in 1995. In 1996 Pat earned a B.S. in Kinesiology at the University of Maryland and went on to coach at the Naval Academy, F&M, and James Madison. After moving to State College in 2001 he turned his focus to High School Coaching at the Nittany Lion Wrestling Club and as an Assistant Coach at Bellefonte High School. During his time at Bellefonte High School Pat helped to coach numerous PIAA State Placers and 1 PIAA State Champion and was named the 2007 PIAA High School Assistant Coach of the Year. He currently lives in State College with his wife Jennifer and their two children and enjoys working as a Mortgage Loan Officer for Snare and Associates.
Assistant Coach Chad Dubin is originally from Orlando, Fla. Chad was a walk-on at Penn State University where he went on to become a two year NCAA qualifier and a member of the 1991 NCAA National Dual Team Champions. Chad graduated with a Business Logistics degree in 1991 and was also a 1991 2nd Team Academic All American. After a successful business career on Wall Street, Chad moved back to State College in 1995 when he became involved in coaching High School Wrestling. Over the last 18 years, holding various positions at State College Area High School (2009-2013 Head Coach) and the Nittany Lion Wrestling Club, Chad coached 6 PIAA State Champions and 25 PIAA State Place Winners. He was also an Assistant Coach for 4 years for the PA Junior National Freestyle Team. Chad is currently an owner of Mammoth Restoration & Construction and lives in Bellefonte with his wife Heather and two children.
"We enthusiastically welcome Pat Flynn and Chad Dubin to the Saint Joseph's Catholic Academy community and consider ourselves very fortunate to have such experienced and capable coaches on board to establish and lead our new wrestling program," said Chris Chirieleison, Principal of Saint Joseph's Catholic Academy. "Having spent time with Pat and Chad to discuss their coaching philosophy and objectives, I am confident that they will be excellent mentors to our scholar athletes and a great credit to S.J.C.A.'s wrestling program and community."
The new wrestling program will complement the other PIAA athletic opportunities at Saint Joseph's for the 2013/ 2014 school year which are: Football, Volleyball, Golf, Cross Country, Boy's and Girl's Basketball and Track and Field.
For further information on the educational and athletic opportunities at Saint Joseph's Catholic Academy please contact Chris Chirieleison or Jean Kozak at (814) 808-6118 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.