Saint Mark’s High School names new head wrestling coach

Delaware News Desk
Saint Mark's High School recently named John Staudenmayer head wrestling coach.

Saint Mark's High School recently named John Staudenmayer head wrestling coach.

Staudenmayer comes to the Spartan program with 23 years of wrestling experience and a long list of accomplishments and accolades. He is a former Pennsylvania state champion, a two-time Pennsylvania state medalist and a FILA University National All-American. In addition, he received an ASICS High School All-American Honorable Mention and was a member of the Dapper Dan All-Star Team Selection. In college, he was a four-time NCAA qualifier for Division I University of North Carolina and a two-time ACC Conference finalist. After graduation, he wrestled on the International Circuit as a resident athlete and is the former assistant wrestling coach for Plymouth Whitemarsh High School in Pennsylvania.

Saint Mark's Athletic Director Matt Smith said he is delighted to welcome Staudenmayer to the Spartan coaching staff. 

“The Spartan community is excited about the limitless possibilities that John Staudenmayer will bring to our wrestling program,” said Smith. “The high character of this man, as well as his wrestling experience, will benefit Saint Mark's into the future.”

Staudenmayer joins a coaching staff led by Saint Mark’s alum Brian Willis, who was a two-time Delaware state champion and a Division I wrestler at Bloomsburg University. 

“You've gotta have big dreams,” said Staudenmayer. “A state championship is the ultimate goal.”

Willis said he is ready to get to work.

“I am very excited to have the opportunity to work with someone of John's caliber,” said Willis. “His success in the sport and his accomplishments thus far are very impressive, and I have no doubt his knowledge and skills will really help to take the wrestling program to the next level.”

Staudenmayer said he believes the key to a winning season starts way before a wrestler hits the mat. 

“I want to create a winning mindset,” he said. “Half the battle is mentality. I'm all about building kids up. They need to feel like they have someone in their corner. I'm building a foundation. I'm building trust.”

“My goal is to expose the guys to great competition, get them out of their comfort zone,” he continued, saying he is eyeing matches in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Maryland as possible additions to the Spartan schedule.

Principal Tom Fertal said he is extremely optimistic about the possibilities that lie ahead for the Spartan wrestling program. 

“Coach Staudenmeyer is a welcome addition to the Saint Mark’s team,” said Fertal. “He will relentlessly pursue excellence while serving as a great role model for our young men.”

For more, visit spartanssports.com.