Brian Boland is the leading man for the Eastern High School wrestling program.
The 31-year-old Camden Catholic High School graduate landed his first head coaching job when he was approved by the board of education on Wednesday night.
Boland replaces former Camden Catholic teammate Bobby Ray Stinson, who resigned earlier this month.
Also at Wednesday’s meeting, the BOE approved naming Gym 3 after former Vikings wrestling coach John Sanders. During his tenure, Sanders racked up 423 wins, sixth on South Jersey’s all-time list.
“There’s been a lot of positive energy surrounding the program right now, I’m proud to be a part of it,” Boland said.
The Mount Laurel resident was an assistant coach for the previous 10 years, including stops at Cinnaminson, Camden Catholic and the last three seasons with the Vikings. He is a math teacher at Eastern.
“Brian has proven himself as a teacher, communicator and winner,” Eastern athletic director Phil Smart said in a press release. “Eastern High School is extremely excited about the addition of Mr. Boland as the head wrestling coach.”
Boland was a standout student-athlete for Camden Catholic where he was a part of four state championship teams and captured three individual district titles. He went on to wrestle at Ursinus College.
Boland takes over a program that went 22-6 and qualified for the state Group 5 playoffs last season. They finished No. 15 in The Mat Pack’s Mean 15 rankings.
“I’m excited for our potential,” he said. “We’re going to be young, we have a lot of sophomores and juniors, but it’s going to be exciting to see how they progress.
“The kids are already familiar with me and my philosophy because I’ve been with them the last three years. Practices are going to be intense.”
Tom McGurk; (856) 486-2420; firstname.lastname@example.org