For Steve Mytych, wrestling is part of his life.
It has been ever since he was a kid. But, now Mytych is getting a first hand look at a side of the sport he has not been on yet.
Last season Mytych spent the season as an assistant coach on John Stutzman’s staff at Bloomsburg University. His days of being an assistant are now over as he will take over the Wyoming Area wrestling program.
He inherits a program, which went just 6-16 a year ago, but Mytych is excited about the opportunity to try and turn the program into a wrestling powerhouse.
“We have a lot of positive energy right now and it is really circulating throughout the program, from the guys, the parents, the booster club and the athletic department. I feel like it is a very exciting time for Wyoming Area wrestling, finally,” Mytych said.
He will be assisted by former Meyers High School and Hofstra University standout, Joe Rovelli. Mytych feels an experienced staff is the key to victory and feels he and Rovelli make a good duo.
“My assistant coach is Joe Rovelli, he was a state champ for Meyers high school in 2004 and he went to Hofstra and I went to Drexel, so we were in the same conference,” Mytych said. “We became buddies growing up and then in college I got to see him go to the National tournament four times. Between us we have eight NCAA D-1 berths, and to have two coaches on the staff like that, most college programs don’t have a staff like that.”
He and Rovelli will try and build a consistent winning program, just like the program across the Susquehanna River.
“Traditionally, Pittston has had great coaches and great wrestlers,” Mytych said. “For one day for Wyoming Area to have a consistent winning pedigree like Pittston has is definitely a goal we would like to reach as a team.”
Mytych feels the fact he is still a competitive wrestler will really benefit the Warrior squad.
“I am still competing myself. So, I know both the aspects and that helps to know when to push guys or give them a day off,” Mytych said. “I can relate to them better because I am still in it.”
In addition to coaching, Mytych is also competes professionally in mixed martial arts, as well as for the Lehigh Valley Athletic Club. He has been competing in numerous tournaments in hopes of qualifying for the Olympic Trials.
“I actually compete for the LVAC on the Olympic wrestling circuit. I placed top seed at the World Team Trials,” Mytych said. “Right now I will be going to a couple tournaments to qualify for the Olympic trials in April.”