An Interview with Ralph Napolitano – Part III: The Tradition

I think once you coach wrestling it becomes a part of who you are. As much as it is draining physically, emotionally, and mentally, it is what we do. I do not know how long I will be able to coach, but I am sure I do not know what to do with myself if I wasn’t a wrestling coach.

2008 Section XI Champion Jahsua Marsh
2008 Section XI Champion Jahsua Marsh

LHW:  Why do you coach wrestling?  Why not baseball, football, or Lacrosse?

Coach Nappy: I think once you coach wrestling it becomes a part of who you are. As much as it is draining physically, emotionally, and mentally, it is what we do. I do not know how long I will be able to coach, but I am sure I do not know what to do with myself if I wasn’t a wrestling coach. Continue reading “An Interview with Ralph Napolitano – Part III: The Tradition”

An Interview with Ralph Napolitano – Part II: The Roots

I started wrestling in 7th grade at Brentwood North Junior High School. I wrestled three years in junior high, and then went on to wrestle for Joe Campo. Coach Campo was a major influence on my coaching career. However it was not until I started coaching did I realize how important Coach Campo was to me. He taught us many things but most of all, he showed us how to be men.

2008-09 Brentwood Wrestling Varsity Team Line-up
2008-09 Brentwood Wrestling Varsity Team Line-up

LHW: What’s your wrestling background?  Who was your biggest influence in wrestling?

Coach Nappy: I started wrestling in 7th grade at Brentwood North Junior High School. I wrestled three years in junior high, and then went on to wrestle for Joe Campo. Coach Campo was a major influence on my coaching career. However it was not until I started coaching did I realize how important Coach Campo was to me. He taught us many things but most of all, he showed us how to be men.

My biggest influence in wrestling is Bob Panariello. I had the pleasure of working for Bob as one of his assistants for 10 years. It is through Bob that I started to believe I could coach. He had an amazing desire to make Brentwood wrestling the best it could be. He worked extremely hard to put Brentwood back on the map where it was for many years under Coach Campo. Through his friendship and leadership, I learned how to coach at the high school level. Being from Brentwood myself I shared Bob’s passion and dreams of making Brentwood the best. Continue reading “An Interview with Ralph Napolitano – Part II: The Roots”

An Interview With Ralph Napolitano – Part I: The Man

In a popular 2007 movie [The Bucket List] the character Carter Chambers said you measure yourself by the people who measure themselves by you. If this is true, then Brentwood Head Wrestling Coach, Ralph Napolitano is a giant, both on and off of the mat.

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In a popular 2007 movie [The Bucket List] the character, Carter Chambers, said, “you measure yourself by the people who measure themselves by you.”   If this is true, then Brentwood Head Wrestling Coach, Ralph Napolitano is a giant, both on and off of the mat.

Himself, a product of the rich Indian tradition, never was there a time in “Nappy’s” life that he did not hold sacred the ideals of preserving and building upon the legacy created by great men Continue reading “An Interview With Ralph Napolitano – Part I: The Man”