1999 graduate of Long Beach High School. He is currently in his 15th year coaching in the Long Beach Wrestling program. He has trained the youth of Long Beach at many levels by serving as a middle school coach, recreation coach and high school coach. In 2009, together with coaches John Anfossi, Ray Adams, Leo Palacio and Bernard Valentin, they started a youth "Elite" wrestling program called the Long Beach Gladiators. The goal of this club is to train serious wrestlers in grades 1-8. The addition of this program is destined to bring the program to new heights. The Gladiators travel all over the United States pursuing the best competition. He was selected as one of the New York State Schoolboy and Cadet National Team coaches. He was also a coach of Team Kong United who won the National Dual Folkstyle Wrestling Championships in VA Beach in 2016 . Rodriguez has been a member of the Long Island Empire State Games wrestling team. In the past, he was selected to be one of the coaches of the Nassau County All-Star Team. He helped lead the teams to All-American status. In addition, he was selected to be one of the coaches for the Long Island Empire State Game team in 2009. He trained his younger brother Eduardo Delgado to a NY State Championship in 2006 for Long Beach and a runner-up finish in 2007. Eduardo was also a 4x All-County wrestler, 2x Nassau County Champion and a college All-American at Nassau C.C. He is currently serving in the United States Marine Corps.
Once again this year, Rodriguez brought a team of Long Beach Wrestlers to Puerto Rico to compete in the Copa Sparta Tournament. In 2010, he was the recipient of the Long Beach Latino Civic Association Youth Leadership Award for his outstanding work with the young people in Long Beach. His son, Elijah is an eleventh grader and is one of the young an upcoming stars for Long Beach Marines. Miguel works for the Long Beach School District at the Lido Elementary School. Aside from my parents, WRESTLING has been the single most important influence in my life. It changed my life and everything that I am thankful for today is in someway connected to wrestling. I have been involved in wrestling for over 17 years as both a competitor and a coach. My goal is to have the sport of wrestling impact as many young people as possible so that they to can reap its benefits throughout their lives.
Ray Adams is in his twentieth year with the program and nineteenth year as the Head Wrestling Coach of the Long Beach Marines. In 2016, the team captured the New York State Dual Meet title with an exciting 34-31 win over Hilton High School in the finals of the U.E. Duals. The team finished a perfect 17-0 and was honored as the #1 ranked team in N.Y.S. before the state finals in Albany, The team was also presented with the Pacal Perri Cup which is symbolic of the #1 overall ranked team in N.Y.S. regardless of division. The team won the 2016 County Tournament by being the first team in Nassau County history to score over 300 points as 14 wrestlers earned All-County honors. This was also a Nassau County record. LB captured their second straight Nassau County Dual Meet title with a convincing 46-15 victory over Massapequa. The program has now won 21 Nassau County titles in its history. In addition, Adams won his 200th match as the Head Coach at Long Beach with a win over Locust Valley in December. The team has also won the League Championship five times in the last six years. In 2012, Long Beach became the first New York State High School to have three All-Americans at the NHSCA Senior National Tournament. DYLAN PALACIO became LB's second high school National Champion. Jon Masa won the title in 200. In 2015 and 2016 Adams was voted League 2A Coach of the Year. In 2016, 2009 and 2004 he was voted the Nassau County Wrestling Coach of the Year. In 2016 he was voted the Newsday Long Island Coach of the Year. In 1998, he was voted the Nassau County Rookie Coach of the Year. During his tenure, the Long Beach Program has crowned 3 National Champions, 25 High School All-Americans, 14 College All-Americans, 7 High School State Champions, 26 State Place-winners, 31 Nassau County Champions, 115 All-County Wrestlers, and 101 League Champions. In 1997, he served as an Assistant Coach in Long Beach to Damian Garcia for one year. During that season Long Beach crowned its 7th New York State Champion in Kevin Haggerty. He has also been the Head Coach of the Long Beach-USA Wrestling Club since its inception in 1998. In that span, 155 LONG BEACH wrestlers have earned All-State honors in freestyle and Greco-Roman and 30 of these young men have won STATE TITLES. 55 wrestlers have represented TEAM NY at the National Championships in Fargo, North Dakota during that span with eight young men earning ALL-AMERICAN honors. Prior to coming to Long Beach, he served as the Assistant Varsity Coach at his alma mater Baldwin High School under Hall of Fame coach Steve Shippos. In his three years with the Bruins he helped coach 4 Nassau County Champions, 2 State Place-winners, and a High School National Champion. He served as an Assistant Coach on the New York State National Team in Fargo, ND for 8 years and helped lead Team NY to a National Championship in 2003. He is the former Junior Director for Nassau County USA Wrestling and was three-term president of the Nassau County Wrestling Coaches Association. He wrestled in college for U.S. World Team and Olympic Assistant Coach Joe DeMeo and Head Olympic Coach Andy Seras at the University at Albany. He was a 2x N.C.A.A. Academic All-American, All-State, and 2x All-Conference selection. In high school he wrestled for four years at Baldwin High School earning 4x All-League honors, was a 2x League Champion, and earned All-County honors 2x. In 1986, the Bruins became the first team in Nassau County history to win both the Dual Meet and Tournament County titles. He is married to his wife Rina and has two children: Raymond (10) and Reese (7). Adams is a Social Studies teacher at LBHS.
Coach John Anfossi has been part of the Long Beach Wrestling Program since the mid 1980's. He was an All-County wrestler for Coaches Paul Gillespie and Reggie Jones. After high school, Anfossi wrestled for Hunter College in New York City. Now a Physical Education teacher in the Middle School, he has served the program in number of capacities. He has coached the Recreation Youth Program for many years, the Middle School program and the high school teams. He also started the Long Beach Gladiators Youth Travel team with Coach Rodriguez a number of years ago. He was the Head Coach of Valley Stream Central High School for one year in the late 1990's. He is married to Maggie and has two sons John, who attends Penn State and Luke who is 10. Luke was the Nassau County Wrestling Champion in his weight class in the Novice Division this season.
Coach Martinsen loves the sport of wrestling and has seen time and again the impact the sport can have on a child. Martinsen began wrestling in his teens at Centereach High School, under the guidance of coach Richard Zakar. Martinsen credits Zakar for showing him the impact that a coach can have on a wrestler both on and off the mat. After leaving Centereach High School, Martinsen wrestled for Suffolk College and later for Cortland College. Upon moving to Long Beach, Martinsen quickly found a home within the Gladiator Wrestling program. He loves coaching the young men (and woman) of Long Beach. Martinsen believes that wrestling is a sport of attrition, the longer you practice and the harder you work, the better your results will be.
Leo Palacio has been involved with the Long Beach Wrestling program for the last 35 years as a wrestler and coach. In his capacity as a coach, he has served the program for 30 years at the kid, middle school, and high school level. He was voted the 2016 Nassau County Assistant Coach of the Year. At the conclusion of the 2014 season, Leo Palacio was voted the New York State National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) Assistant Coach of the Year. He was voted the 2010 Nassau County Assistant Coach of the Year by the coaches association. As a wrestler, he was a Nassau County Champion for LB and a 3x All-County selection. He and his brothers, Al and Luis, helped lead LB to a number of county championships and the 1982 New York State Championship. Leo was also an All-American soccer player at LBHS. After high school, he attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he wrestled and played soccer. Palacio currently coaches the Varsity Boys Soccer team, varsity wrestling team, and the middle school girls softball team. His son Dylan won the 2012 New York State Championship at 160 lbs. and the 2012 National Championship. He finishes with 215 career wins. He was voted the Nassau County Wrestler of the Year and New York State Wrestler of the Year by WIN MAGAZINE in 2012. In addition, he was named to the INTERMAT and WRESTLING USA ALL-AMERICAN teams. Dylan was County Champion in 2009, placed 4th in NYS in 2010 as a wildcard selection, won his second county title in 2011 and finished 3rd in N.Y.S. He also has earned All-American honors all four years of high school. He placed 3rd in the 2011 NHSCA National Championships in Virginia Beach. Dylan was voted the 2012 Soccer League Player of the Year. In his first year of college competition, Dylan made a huge splash as he captured the FILA Junior National Freestyle Championship in Las Vegas at 163 lbs. for the Finger Lakes Wrestilng Club of Cornell University. For the last three years, Dylan has been the starting 157/165 lber. for Cornell. In 2016, Dylan won the E.I.W.A. Wrestling Championship for Cornell University and earned All-American honors as he placed 4rh in the country for the Big Red of Cornell. Palacio has a daughter Ashley and another son Michael. Michael is a professional soccer player and previously played professionally in Europe and played for the NY Redbulls. He is married and works at LBHS.
Coach Juan Piedrahita is a 1997 graduate of the Long Beach Wrestling program. During his career, he earned All-League honors and served as the captain of the varsity wrestling team. 2015 marked the third year of Coach Piedrahita coaching at the Middle School. The team was undefeated in all three seasons. Piedrahita is also instrumental in the Long Beach Recreation Wrestling Program. He also serves as the assistant varsity soccer coach to Leo Palacio.
Coach Tigre is a 2011 graduate of Long Beach High School. As a member of the high school wrestling team, he was a 3x All-County wrestler and in 2010 he went on to compete in the Nassau County finals. Tigre was also part of the 2010 Nassau County Champion team. In addition, Tigre has trained kids of all ages as a Recreation coach and is currently in his 2nd year of coaching in the Gladiator program. "Wrestling has been a huge part of my life and it is something I will always be thankful for. It has given me so many opportunities and has given me a family that I could never forget. My life will forever be changed because of wrestling and my goal is to pass on my passion and knowledge to as many young people so that they can have the same opportunities."
Bernard Valentin is in his 9th year as the JV Wrestling Coach at LBHS. Prior to coming home to coach at LB, he was the Head Assistant Wrestling Coach at Southern Connecticut State University from 1997-1998. He was also served as the Assistant Coach at SCSU from 1995-1997. During his high school days, he wrestled for Paul Gillespie and Reggie Jones at LBHS from 1987-1990. He was a 2x Nassau County Champion and finished 3rd in NYS. He served as team captain and won over 100 matches. In his four years wrestling for Long Beach, the program won 7 out of a possible 8 County Team Titles (4 Tournament and 3 Dual Meet Titles) –It was the best four year stretch in LB Wrestling history. He was also a member of the 1987 NYS Championship team. In college, he attended SCSU and was a 2x N.C.A.A. All-American. He was a 3x National Qualifier, captain of the team, and recorded over 100 career victories. In 2002, he was inducted into the LBHS Wall of Fame. He is married to Sheri and they have two children, daughter Sophia is 12 years old and son Jack is 7 years old. He is a School Psychologist for the LB School District. He has also run 2 marathons (LA and LI) and 2 sprint triathlons (one individual and one team-run).