An Interview with Howie Greenblatt (Part 3: The Passion)

LHW: It’s been rumored that you will be retiring from wrestling shortly to spend more time with your kids. Is there any truth to this?

LHW: It’s been rumored that you will be retiring from wrestling shortly to spend more time with your kids.  Is there any truth to this?

Anthony Daly 2008 Nassau County Dual Meet Championship Finals
Anthony Daly 2008 Nassau County Dual Meet Championship Finals

HOWIE: I’ve been doing this for 24 years, and it may be time. I’m not sure, but this year may be it.   I have 3 young kids, ages 8, 7, and 4, and it’s difficult to build a successful program and at the same time devote quality time to your kids; it’s not impossible, it’s just difficult.

If I’m going to be here as head coach, I have to know that I can give it my all because it’s not fair to these young wrestlers who have high goals if I can’t give my all to help them achieve their dreams.

LHW: It’s been rumored that you ducked a dual meet with the Wantagh team last season.  Is there any truth to that?

HOWIE: We’ve been County Champs seven years out of the last eight. I was not looking at Wantagh as being in our game.  Coach Murphy talked himself into the spotlight. As a seven time County Champ if you want to wrestle me, you come to me.  He never did.

I mean the bottom line is I invite everybody to the Long Island Challenge.  I want the best teams to be there. I ask people every year to wrestle MacArthur.  Massapequa will, Seaford will, Farmingdale will and a few others will. 

Wantagh has never been a part of that. They never even crossed my mind. Coming into last year, I was looking at East Meadow again. I was looking at Massapequa, I liked Seaford, sixth in the county, many place winners back, but I thought the team to beat would be Plainedge. That’s who I really thought. So Wantagh wasn’t even on the table.

Each season my number one goal is to win the Nassau County Tournament championship; my second goal is to win the Dual meet county title; my third goal is to win the Conference championship.  Other than that, I’d rather lose a close match 32 to 31 than win 50 to 3.  The thrill and preparation of a good match are awesome, win or lose. 

One thought on “An Interview with Howie Greenblatt (Part 3: The Passion)”

  1. That is what makes a team great..a coach who can foster and create a family not just a group of individuals.. nobody does it better!

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