COACHING STAFF

Hilliard Darby High School

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MATTHEW BURGEI

Head Coach

This is Matt's first year as Head Coach and 13th year on the Hilliard Darby Wrestling Staff. Matt is a graduate of Hilliard Darby High School and a Science Teacher at Hilliard Heritage Middle School.

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BRANDON CLARK

Assistant Varsity Coach

 Branden enters his 11th year on the Hilliard Darby Wrestling Staff. Branden wrestled for West Virginia University, won a West Virginia state title and appeared in the state finals three times.

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BRADLEY JONES

Assistant Varsity Coach

Brad Jones enters his 3rd season as an Assistant Coach at Hilliard Darby High School and   was instrumental in helping Bradley Weaver become Darby's first State Champion in 2021.  Prior to coming to Darby, Brad spent two years coaching at Springfield High School.

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JARED BALL

Assistant Coach

Jared Ball enters his 4th season as an Assistant Coach at Hilliard Darby High School.  Jared is a 2018 graduate of Hilliard Darby and is one of the most decorated wrestlers in program history.

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NATE GARRISON

Head JV Coach

Nate Garrison enters his 5th year with the Hilliard Darby Wrestling Program.  Prior to joining the Panthers, Nate spent the previous 12 years as the Head Wrestling Coach at Hilliard Weaver Middle School.

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ROBERT VALENTI

Assistant Coach

Robert enters his 2nd year as a coach at Hilliard Darby. Robert wrestled for Mt. Union University and is a former wrestler at Hilliard Darby.

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BRETT MANIACI

Head Middle School Coach

Brett has been the Head Wrestling Coach at Heritage Middle School for 18 years.  Brett also Coaches 7th Grade Football team and a Special Education Teacher at Heritage Middle School.

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WILL PASKETT

Assistant Middle School Coach

Will Paskett joined the the Darby staff in 2012 as a Junior Varsity Asst. Coach. Will is now entering his 5th season as an Assistant Coach at Heritage.

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BRENDAN MOODY

Former Head Coach/Volunteer Assistant

In his twelve years as head coach, Darby has amassed 28 State Qualifiers, 10 State Placers, 32 District Placers, and 1 State Champion.  His teams have won three OCC Championships, two Sectional Championships, owns two Regional Runners-Up, and a District Runner-Up finish.

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CHRIS PAYNE

Director of Wrestling Operations

Chris helps the program as a match day liason and tournament director. Chris is the defensive coordinator for the Hilliard Darby Football and a a former head middle school wrestling coach at Hilliard Memorial Middle School.

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ROSS THATCHER

Head Youth Coach

Ross enters his 4th year as the Head Coach of the Hilliard Youth Wrestling Club.  Ross won two State Titles in High School at Bishop Ready High School.  Ross went on to wrestle at Penn State University and earning an All-American finish. Coached 16 years at the collegiate level at Ohio State, Penn State and Oklahoma.

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ADAM ELKINS

Assistant Coach

Adam enters his 5th year as a staff member for Darby. Adam was a former Panthers and now helps with the JV program.