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Hart tabbed assistant women's wrestling coach at NJCU

JERSEY CITY, N.J. -- Barry Hart, a successful coach with the Beat The Streets wrestling organization in New York City, has been named as an assistant women's wrestling coach at New Jersey City University, head coach Elena Pirozhkova has announced. Hart is the second member of the first-ever women's wrestling staff in NJCU history, which launches as a varsity program in Fall, 2020.

Barry Hart
Hart, 25, has been a wrestling coach at Beat The Streets Wrestling -- a grassroots organization that has transformed the landscape and culture of wrestling in New York City, developing the athletic potential of urban youth and strengthening the wrestling culture within the city and beyond. Hart has coached with BTS since 2013 and has served as a program associate with the organization since 2016. He was honored as the 2019 Beat the Streets Assistant Coach of the Year.

"Barry is the perfect addition to the program because he really knows wrestling in this area," Pirozhkova said. "His perspective of working with inner city kids is so valuable. Additionally, his ability to connect with the kids and recruit is going to be key moving our program forward.".

In addition to Beat The Streets, Hart has also served as a high school assistant coach at the Wingate Educational Campus in Brooklyn, N.Y., helping the program to a 40-21 overall record, the 2019 Blended 2 Division Champions and the 2017 Girls Brooklyn Division championship.

Hart, a 2017 graduate of Hunter College with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, wrestled collegiately for four years. He competed for the Hawks at 149 pounds from 2014-16 for coaches Chris Mazzatta and Carlos Dolmo. He began his collegiate career at Niagara County Community College, where he was an NJCAA All-Academic Team selection, competing from 2012-14 for coach Keith Maute.

Hart is a 2012 alum of Wingate Educational Campus where he was a four-year wrestler for the Generals (2008-12) for coach Steven Flanagan. A 2012 New York Greco all-state selection, Hart was a two-time PSAL finalist (2011 and 2012). He was crowned the 2012 NYC Mayor's Cup champion and captured the 2012 Brooklyn Borough championship. He was a two-year team captain as a junior and senior (2011-12). He resides in New York City.

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