Former NCAA Division I wrestlers Pat Flynn and Chad Dubin will be coaching the brand-new wrestling program at St. Joseph Catholic Academy, the central Pennsylvania high school announced Monday, July 29.
Flynn, named the head coach, is a University of Maryland alum, while Dubin, hired as the assistant wrestling coach, is a graduate of nearby Penn State. Together, the two new coaches have connections to the area they will serve, bringing more than three decades of coaching experience to the wrestling program set to take to the mats this fall at the school located in Boalsburg, Pa.
During his time at Maryland, Flynn was a three-year starter for the Terrapins, winning an ACC (Atlantic Coast Conference) title in 1995, and being named an NCAA Honorable Mention All-American. After graduating from Maryland in 1996, the native of Annapolis, Md. went on to coach at the US Naval Academy, Franklin & Marshall University in Pennsylvania, and at James Madison University in Virginia. After moving to State College, Pa., in 2001, Flynn turned coaching high school wrestling, as an assistant at Bellefonte High School, and as a coach at the Nittany Lion Wrestling Club. He was named PIAA (Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association) Assistant Coach of the Year in 2007.
Dubin, originally from Orlando, was a walk-on at Penn State who went on to become a two-year NCAA championships qualifier, and member of the team that won the NWCA National Duals team title. After graduating from Penn State in 1991, Dubin crafted a successful business career on Wall Street… returning to State College in 1995 to launch his high school coaching career. Over the past 18 years, Dubin has held various positions at State College Area High School, most recently as head coach, along with coaching at the Nittany Lion Wrestling Club.
“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 SJCA’s wrestling program and community.”
The new wrestling program will join other sports programs at St. Joseph’s for the 2013-41 school year, including boys’ and girls’ basketball, football, volleyball, golf, cross country, and track and field.
Saint Joseph’s Catholic Academy opened in the fall of 2011 to ninth and tenth grade students, and welcomed 11th grade students this past school year. This fall, SJCA will add 12th grade for the 2013-14 school year. According to the school’s website, SJCA expects to grow to 300-400 students.
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