On the heels of coaching the Girls' Varsity Lacrosse Team to their second consecutive state sectional title last spring—not to mention a #14 state ranking—Pingry's Director of Athletics is honored by the National Federation of State High School Associations.
Pingry Athletics Hall of Fame inductee Jay Antonelli '88 was recently selected as head coach of the Greco-Roman squad for the U23 World Wrestling Championships, held at the end of October in Budapest, Hungary.
A two-time USA Wrestling Coach of the Year honoree (1998 and 2007), Mr. Antonelli began his coaching career with the All-Marine Wrestling Team, where he led the squad to an Armed Forces championship as well as a national team title. He has served as a Team USA coach on numerous World and Olympic tours, including coaching a World bronze medalist and eight individual national champions.
An accomplished wrestler in his own right, Mr. Antonelli had a successful collegiate career at the U.S. Naval Academy, where he was a three-time U.S. Open All-American and finished seventh at the 1996 Olympic Wrestling Trials. At Pingry, he won four varsity letters in lacrosse and football, but his talent as a wrestler—he was a four-year letterer—was apparent early on. As co-captain his junior year, he led Big Blue to a first-place finish in the Somerset County Tournament and became district champion in his weight class, the first individual District wrestling champion in Pingry history.
Mr. Antonelli retired from the Marine Corps in 2012 and is currently Director of the Physical Education Department at the United States Naval Academy, where he leads the Plebe Summer Physical Education Program, serves as a martial arts instructor, and is an assistant coach of the Naval Academy Wrestling Team.
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