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Coaches

Our CoachesS

Blair Tugman, Head Coach

  • Over 30 years of wrestling experience
  • Head Coach Hamden Hall Country Day School 2017-2019
  • Assistant Coach Wesleyan University 2012-2016
  • Head Coach Daniel Hand High School 2010-2011(25-1, SCC Group A Champions,
    SCC Tournament 2nd, Class L State 2nd, State Open 2nd, New England Championship 3rd)
  • Wrestled DI at Lock Haven University
  • AAU Freestyle Grand National Champion(2001)
  • 4X NJ Freestyle High School State Champion
  • 3X NJ Scholastic High School State Place Finisher
  • 4X NJ Scholastic High School Region Place Finisher
  • 1X NJ Scholastic High School Region Champion
  • 4X NJ Scholastic High School District Champion

 

Mixed Martial Arts Experience

  • Brazilian Jiu-jitsu Black Belt under (Marcelo Garcia Affliliate)
  • Represented USA in the 2007 Abu Dhabi World Grappling Championships
  • 10 year Professional MMA Fighter
  • 18 Professional MMA Fights
  • 8X Bellator MMA Fighting Championships Veteran
  • 2X Nationally Televised Professional MMA fights (Bellator Fighting Championships
    and BODOG Fighting Championships)
  • Professional MMA Organizations Fought for include Bellator Fighting Championships,
    BODOG Fighting Championships, CES MMA, Extreme Challenge MMA, Cage Fury Fighting Championships
  • AMMO Grappling Championships 1st Ever Absolute Division Champion
  • Multiple Time NAGA Grappling Championships Place Finisher

 

Combat Sports Coaching/Training

  • Trained multiple times with Team Alpha Male (California)
  • Trained with multiple UFC Champions and contenders (TJ Dillashaw, Cody Garbrant,
    Uriah Faber, Gregor Gillispie, Chad Mendes, Anthony Benavides, Duane Ludwig, Martin Kampmann.
  • Trained multiple times with IBJJF World Grappling Champions at Marcelo Garcia Academy, NYC
  • Trained with Marcelo Garcia, John Danaher, Gianni Grippo, Mansher Khera, Vitor Shaolin
  • Have coached several NCAA, HS and youth Wrestling National Champions and All-American
  • Cornered numerous amateur and professional MMA fighters and grapplers

 

Certifications and Memberships

Game Face Certified Sales Executive Game Face, Inc., Portland, OR. June 2005.

Completed a comprehensive sales training program at Game Face Executive Academy, including:

  • 40 classroom hours in the Game Face Sales Training Camp
  • Live sales calls representing Game Face’s national accounts
  • Mini-plan account management
  • Customer service
  • Lead generation and organization
  • Daily supervision and evaluation of sales techniques and strategies
  • NCEP Copper and Bronze level USA wrestling coaching certified

CJ Luth, Assistant Coach

 

Coach Luth, a Doctor of Physical Therapy in Orthopedic and Sports Medicine in private practice, wrestled at the University of Southern Maine where he compiled 117 collegiate wins. He was a 2x Northeast Region place winner with two 5th place finishes. Additionally, he was a 4x NWCA Scholar All-American.

In high school, CJ was a State Open Champ, 2x Class M State Champ, and finished 4th in the New England High school Championships. He started wrestling for Team Tugman in 2010 and now is proud to continue to be a part of Team Tugman coaching the next generation of athletes.

 

 

College:

(2 year captain at University of Southern Maine)
  • 2x Northeast Region Place winner
  • 117 college wins
  • Have been ranked in top 10 for both pins and techs
  • 2017 NEWA Scholar Athlete of the Year

High school:

  • State Open Champ
  • 4th New England’s
  • 2x Class M state Champ
  • Top 12 Flonationals

Ryan Roddy, Assistant Coach

Coach Roddy is the Head Coach at Choate Rosemary Hall. This past season led 2023 Choate team to a 5th place finish at Prep Nationals for the Girl's team and a 4th place finish in New England for Boy's team which included multiple All-New England and Prep All-Americans. Prior to Choate, Coach Roddy was the 2017-2018 SCC Coach of the Year and led Amity Regional High School to a 2018 SCC dual meet championship.

As a wrestler, Coach Roddy was a Connecticut State Open Champion for Amity Regional High School, a Prep High School All-American for Northfield Mount Hermon, and part of the 2009 Rutgers wrestling team (#3 recruit class in the country).

Certified USA Wrestling Coach

Pete Tseperkas, Assistant Coach

 

 

Wrestling Experience

  • Current Head Wrestling Coach of North Haven High School
  • Assistant Youth Wrestling Coach for Amity Youth 2019 - 22
  • Assistant Wrestling Coach Stratford HS 2004 -2011
  • Head Wrestling Coach Salem HS (MA) 2001-03
  • Assistant Wrestling Coach Salem HS (MA) 1999 - 01
  • Assistant Wrestling Coach Springfield Central HS (MA) 1998-99
  • 2-year starter for NCAA Div. III Western New England University
  • 4-year starter for top-ranked Rocky Point High School on Long Island
  • 2X All Conference/All League
  • Multiple-time state place winner in New York for Greco-Roman/Freestyle at Youth and Cadet levels.

 

Additional Skills

  • Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Purple Belt (under Gracie Sports)
  • Volunteer EMT for Town of Stratford

 

Certifications 

  • CT Certified Teacher (Science)
  • Certified NREMT 

Todd Patterson, Assistant Coach

Todd Patterson has coached wrestling for 13 years at Amity Regional High School (Woodbridge, CT), and has been the Head Coach for the last 5 years. During his tenure, he has produced girls and boys SCC, Class, and State Open champions in Connecticut.

During his competitive career, Coach Patterson competed for Ithaca College (Ithaca, New York) under the guidance of Coach Marty Nichols. Prior to college, he wrestled for prep school powerhouse Northfield Mount Hermon for legendary coach Frank Millard.

Coach Patterson runs our Skills & Technique programs for new and younger wrestlers and is an assistant coach for our Competition Team athletes.

Tyler Keane, Assistant Coach

Tyler Keane began serving as the Women’s Head Wrestling Coach for the 2023/2024 season, leading the team to its first winning season in program history.

  • 5 Scholar All-Americans
  • 3 National Qualifiers
  • 8 All-Region placers

 

Keane served as an assistant coach for five seasons with the Western New England men’s wrestling program from 2016-2017 and 2018-2022.

  • 12 NCAA All-Region wrestlers
  • Coached six NCAA National Qualifiers
  • Five All-Americans
  • 13 NWCA Scholar All-Americans
  • Coached Western New England’s first-ever NCAA National Champion
  • Involvement with Bay State Wrestling Club: numerous All-State, All-New England, and All-American wrestlers

 

A 2016 graduate of Springfield College, Keane’s collegiate accomplishments include:

  • NCAA Division III Regional Champion (133 lb. weight class)
  • NCAA National Qualifier (133 lb. weight class)
  • Two-time National Wrestling Coaches Association Scholar All-American
  • Two-time NCAA Division III Regional Place winner
  • Bachelor’s degree in marketing, master’s degree in business administration

 

Originally from Glastonbury, Connecticut, Keane’s high school and regional accolades include:

  • Two-time New England finalist
  • One-time New England Champion
  • Two-time Connecticut State Open Champion (four-time State Place Winner)
  • Three-time Connecticut Class LL State Champion (four-time finalist)
  • 182-9 high school record
  • Member of the Connecticut Wrestling National Team (2009-2011)
  • Current coach for the CT Wrestling National Team for boys and girls

Blair Tugman, Head Coach

  • Over 30 years of wrestling experience
  • Head Coach Hamden Hall Country Day School 2017-2019
  • Assistant Coach Wesleyan University 2012-2016
  • Head Coach Daniel Hand High School 2010-2011(25-1, SCC Group A Champions, SCC Tournament 2nd, Class L State 2nd, State Open 2nd, New England Championship 3rd)
  • Wrestled DI at Lock Haven University
  • AAU Freestyle Grand National Champion(2001)
  • 4X NJ Freestyle High School State Champion
  • 3X NJ Scholastic High School State Place Finisher
  • 4X NJ Scholastic High School Region Place Finisher
  • 1X NJ Scholastic High School Region Champion
  • 4X NJ Scholastic High School District Champion

Mixed Martial Arts Experience

  • Brazilian Jiu-jitsu Black Belt under (Marcelo Garcia Affliliate)
  • Represented USA in the 2007 Abu Dhabi World Grappling Championships
  • 10 year Professional MMA Fighter
  • 18 Professional MMA Fights
  • 8X Bellator MMA Fighting Championships Veteran
  • 2X Nationally Televised Professional MMA fights (Bellator Fighting Championships and BODOG Fighting Championships)
  • Professional MMA Organizations Fought for include Bellator Fighting Championships, BODOG Fighting Championships, CES MMA, Extreme Challenge MMA, Cage Fury Fighting Championships
  • AMMO Grappling Championships 1st Ever Absolute Division Champion
  • Multiple Time NAGA Grappling Championships Place Finisher

Combat Sports Coaching/Training

  • Trained multiple times with Team Alpha Male (California)
  • Trained with multiple UFC Champions and contenders (TJ Dillashaw, Cody Garbrant, Uriah Faber, Gregor Gillispie, Chad Mendes, Anthony Benavides, Duane Ludwig, Martin Kampmann.
  • Trained multiple times with IBJJF World Grappling Champions at Marcelo Garcia Academy, NYC
  • Trained with Marcelo Garcia, John Danaher, Gianni Grippo, Mansher Khera, Vitor Shaolin
  • Have coached several NCAA, HS and youth Wrestling National Champions and All-American
  • Cornered numerous amateur and professional MMA fighters and grapplers

Certifications and Memberships

Game Face Certified Sales Executive Game Face, Inc., Portland, OR. June 2005. Completed a comprehensive sales training program at Game Face Executive Academy, including:
  • 40 classroom hours in the Game Face Sales Training Camp
  • Live sales calls representing Game Face’s national accounts
  • Mini-plan account management
  • Customer service
  • Lead generation and organization
  • Daily supervision and evaluation of sales techniques and strategies
  • NCEP Copper and Bronze level USA wrestling coaching certified

John Pivovar, Assistant Coach

John’s primary focus is improving the health status across an individual’s lifespan through fitness, activity, and behavior modifications. Empowering clients and athletes to become aware of their movements. If they move better, they will play better. Over the last 18 years he’s had the opportunity to work with and learn from a wide range of body types, capacities, goals, and mindsets. Ensuring the best experience, a person can have while improving one’s health. Passionate, while creating an environment that is sustainable, energetic, and educational for an individual or team.  Satisfaction in knowing that he has an instant impact with an individual on their fitness journey. He believes everything we do in the gym has a greater impact on how we move through life.  Practice what I preach, motto: “Out lift a runner and out run a lifter”. He is thrilled to coach you and bring his joy of fitness to every client, let’s go!

Bachelor of Science in Public Health S.C.S.U.

Certifications

  • I.F.P.A. - International Fitness Professional Association
  • *Accredited by NCCA and approved by Veterans Affairs
  • Personal Training, Advance Personal Training, Advance Functional trainer, Advanced Group Fitness, Life Fitness Coach, Youth Fitness trainer, Kettlebell certified, Flexibility specialist

 

SPECTRUM - Leader in Human Performance

Fitness Methodology & Application: The Pelvis, The Scapula, The Spine 500+ hours

  • TRX - Qualified
  • Spinning - Mad Dogg Athletics
  • Cross Fit Strongman certification course - 2013
  • HealthAhead Corporate Wellness Member since 2010
  • CPR/First Aid

Accomplishments

  • Finisher of multiple 5K and 10K
  • Finisher of multiple half-marathons - 8:15 pace
  • Finisher of 2014 Spartan -Ultra Beast, Killington & 2016 Spartan - Ultra Beast, New Jersey
  • Finisher Ragnar – Ultra, Team Relay, trail - 2015, 2016
  • Finisher of 8 Full Tough Mudder - Obstacle course

Mike McGraw, Assistant Coach

Strength & Conditioning Coach

Mikes gathered a vast amount of knowledge from all aspects of the fitness world over the past 16 years, as well as success from participating in high level athletics. Dedicated in assisting clients and athletes achieve their highest level of performance in their respective sport.  His passion for sports combined with his knowledge and skills help him personalize each session according to their specific fitness levels and abilities. His goals with his clients are to not only increase strength and help them reach their fitness goals, but to help every client live a more functional and well-rounded lifestyle.  Mike works hard to be a role model for his clients, he continually encourages, inspires, and motivates all in his life. Nothing better after a session when you’ve helped your client complete the unthinkable. He is excited to coach, and enhance the best you!

Certifications

  • NASM certified trainer
  • CPR Certified

Accomplishments

  • Current Amateur Mix Martial Arts (MMA) fighter
  • Amateur power lifting competitor 2008
  • Amateur body builder 2015
  • AAA Minor League football player 2X Captain 2007-2018
  • Nationally ranked CrossFit athlete 2012-2014
  • Collegiate rugby 2005-2006
  • Division 1 athlete 2005 - Iona

CJ Luth, Assistant Coach

CJ is currently working as a Doctor of Physical Therapy at Prolete Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine.

College:

(2 year captain at University of Southern Maine)
  • 2x Northeast Region Place winner
  • 117 college wins
  • Have been ranked in top 10 for both pins and techs
  • 2017 NEWA Scholar Athlete of the Year

High school:

  • State Open Champ
  • 4th New England’s
  • 2x Class M state Champ
  • Top 12 Flonationals

Ryan Roddy, Assistant Coach

Ryan was the 2017-2018 SCC coach of the year and led Amity Regional High School to a 2018 dual meet championship. Former Head Coach of St. Thomas More Prep School. Coach Roddy is currently the assistant coach at Choate Rosemary. As a wrestler, Ryan Roddy was a CT State Open Champion for Amity Regional High School, Prep High School All-American for Northfield Mount Hermon and part of the 2009 Rutgers wrestling team (#3 recruit class in the country).

Certified USA wrestling coach