Coaches

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Kevin Smith – Beginner Group and Intermediate Group

Kevin is a former member of the Mexico Wrestling Club and then moved up to varsity in 7th grade. He was a six year varsity starter and captained four of those years for coach Bill Kays at Mexico High School from 2002-2007. As an 8th grader, he won his first Section III title at 96lbs en route to a 2nd place finish at the NYS tournament. As a freshman and sophomore, Kevin went on to win 2nd and 3rd Section III titles, returning to the NYS championship finals and again, placing 2nd both years. He then placed 5th as a junior but went on to finish 3rd at the NHSCA Junior Nationals that same year. As a senior, Kevin won his fifth Section III title while finishing 3rd at the NYS tournament, becoming the first five-time Section III champion and five-time NYS place finisher. Kevin finished with a career record of 245-19 where his 245 victories were tied for the most in NYS history and 168 pins, second in NYS history.
After graduation, Kevin attended the University at Buffalo as an Exercise Science major and wrestled for Jim Beichner from 2007-2012. Kevin was a three time NYS Intercollegiate champion and four time finalist. Kevin also qualified and competed at the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championship tournament twice as a sophomore and junior in 2010 & 2011, going 1-2 both years. Kevin finished his career with 122 overall wins, second in program history, and 52 dual meet wins, which was a program record. Kevin was also a member of the NWCA All-American Division I Team in all four years as a starter and graduated with a Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT) in 2013.
Kevin currently resides in Mexico, NY with his wife Courtney, daughter Corrine, step-son Sean and step-daughter Caiden. He works as a Physical Therapist at a private outpatient orthopedic clinic located in Mexico on County Route 64 across from Oswego County BOCES called CANI Spine Center & Sport PT. Kevin has been a coach with the wrestling club since 2013 and will be inducted into the Section III Wrestling Hall of Fame on November 7, 2015

 

Dan Smith – Advanced Group

unnamed-1Dan started wrestling in 7th grade on the Mexico Middle School Modified Wrestling Team.  He started on the Varsity team as an 8th grader and finished his career with over 100 career wins and a Section III title in 1999, placing 5th in the NYS tournament.  He was a member of the Mohawk Valley Wrestling Club and wrestled internationally in the Netherlands, Belgium and China.  In 1998, Dan placed 1st in the NYS Greco-Roman Scholastic Tournament and 3rd in the NYS Freestyle tournament.  He also went on to place 3rd in the Empire State Games in 1998.

Dan worked as the Assistant Coach for MACS Varsity/JV Wrestling from 2001-2003 until leaving to deploy with the military in Iraq.  He also coached at the Mohawk Valley Wrestling Club from 2001-2003 and coached at Triple B Grapplers Freestyle and Greco-Roman club in Augusta, GA in 2014.

Dan is currently a resident of Mexico currently working as a Senior Systems Analyst at Lockheed Martin in Syracuse, as well as serving as a Chief Warrant Officer in the NY National Guard in Syracuse, and teaching part time as an Adjunct Professor at Syracuse University. Dan has been a coach with the wrestling club since 2013.