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“I want student-athletes’’: New coach wants team to work hard in the classroom as well as on the mat

Posted 5/27/14

The Middletown Area School Board unanimously approved the appointment of two new high school sports coaches on Monday, May 19: varsity wrestling head coach Daniel Riggs and junior varsity boys’ soccer coach Robert Alcock.

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“I want student-athletes’’: New coach wants team to work hard in the classroom as well as on the mat



“My philosophy of coaching is to not only have athletes that strive for perfection on the wrestling mat, but also strive for perfection in the classroom,’’ Riggs said. “I want student-athletes. I am not just trying to build wrestlers, I am also trying to build good citizens.”


Riggs did not have any comment regarding his predecessor, Mike Nauman, who was dismissed from the post in March. However, Riggs intends to bring a style of wrestling to Middletown that he believes will translate to triumph.


“I believe in and want to bring an offensive and always-pushing-the-pace style of wrestling to Middletown,” said Riggs. “I feel that if they believe in my style and philosophy, that we will experience a lot of success as a team.”


Before he can do that, though, Riggs knows he must familiarize himself with his new environment before constructing a program at Middletown.


“I plan to take it one step at a time. The first thing on my list is to get to know the wrestlers, the community and the school,’’ he said. “I feel I need their support and commitment to get the program headed in the right direction.”


But before the wrestling team begins their season, the boys’ soccer team will take the field under the new leadership of Coach Larry Kapenstein and his recently-appointed assistant, Robert Alcock.


“Rob comes to us with a lot of soccer knowledge and many years of coaching experience with Larry Kapenstein,” said Superintendent Dr. Lori Suski. “We are looking forward to a fresh start this fall.”


“I look forward to Coach Alcock bringing his past coaching experiences with him to Middletown,” said King. “Coach Alcock has a great relationship with Coach Kapenstein and together, they will make our boys’ soccer program very competitive.”


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