By Bendik Sorensen
Seven new sports were introduced at Post this fall. In earlier issues, The Pioneer profiled two of the new coaches: fencing coach Mike Corona (Oct. 1) and golf coach Tom Kane (Sept. 10). Two additional coaches are in charge of the remaining five new sports teams.
Joe Patrovich is the new head coach of the wrestling team, which was reinstated this semester after more than 25 years. Patrovich has been a coach in the Long Island wrestling community for two decades, and has coached hundreds of elite wrestlers, including 10 All-Americans.
Rick Rissetto, the Athletic Media Relations Assistant, thinks that Patrovich will become one of the core coaches in the Athletic Department and the university itself. “He was the first coach to have a full program set up among the new coaches, and the way he handles people both here and outside [the department] is admirable. I think he’ll become a mainstay on this campus,” Rissetto said. Patrovich has a full roster to work with, and according to Rissetto, the team will be very competitive. The season starts at home on Nov. 20 against Stony Brook University.
Robert Morris has coached the cross-country team at Post for eight years, and will now coach indoor and outdoor track and field for both men and women. Morris is a Long Island native and Post alumni. He graduated in 2004, after spending his time at Post as a three-time MVP and captain for the cross-country team.
Rissetto describes Morris as a man with a mind for coaching. Morris is currently the coach at Post with the most success, with 26 runners reaching All-Conference teams since 2009.