June 05, 2017
By: Doug Heater
Three head coaching jobs had opened up at the conclusion of the 2016-17 wrestling season, two of them have been filled. Richie Smith takes over at Bangor, and Nick LaFevre took the job at Emmaus. That leaves only Parkland with a coaching vacancy in wrestling, and we begin to wonder who might be the leading candidate..
After their rivals, the Green Hornets inked LaFevre, a top assistant coach in the valley for the past few years at Bethlehem Catholic, who should Parkland hire, in order to not only stay on top of their Cedar Crest rival, but to stay afloat in the very tough District XI wrestling landscape.
The program has seen top coaches lead the team over the past 20 plus season’s. The late John Toggas was their head coach when they made a serious run at a District Dual meet title in the late 90’s, Jim Best stepped in to keep the Trojans a District power. Scott Hovan kept the program going, before Ryan Nunamaker took over.
Nunamaker took the program to the next level, and nearly saw it win it’s first District Dual meet title, and also had them crowning state champs, and placing multiple wrestlers on the podium at Hershey. So, what’s next?
There has been some talk about former Trojan wrestlers possibly taking over the program. Does the school go out and try to make a hire outside the walls of the Cedar Crest campus? Easton head coach Jamarr Billman has surrounded himself with fine assistant coaches, does Parkland go after Jeremy Hartrum, who spent some time on Nunamaker’s staff, or former District XI referee Brandon Mihalko, also with an assistant at Easton, who wrestled at Liberty under Jody Karam? Is it time for Karam to move away from the Canes and take on another venture with Parkland?
Here is a name, that if still interested in coaching, I would like to see Parkland consider. Jon Trenge. He coached with Nunamaker, spent some time at Lehigh, and would bring an energy and passion that the program will need, to stay competitive with the big boys.
Whoever the Trojans decide to hire, hopefully they will bring with them, the same dedication to the sport and the desire to lead young men to more success than on the mat, that Ryan Nunamaker brought during his tenure leading Parkland wrestling.