Audio Interview: Keith Ferraro
Ferraro joins new Clarion Interim Head Wrestling coach Troy Letters, to form a new staff for the 2012-13 wrestling season. Letters replaced former head coach Matt Dernlan on May 15, who took a similar position at Binghamton University.
"I am very happy to announce the hiring of Keith Ferraro as our assistant wrestling coach at Clarion," said Katis. "We were very impressed with Keith during his interview. He has a strong commitment to Clarion University, to our ideals of what a student-athlete should be, and a dedication to the sport of wrestling that will be extremely beneficial to our student-athletes and our program. The program is in good hands with Troy Letters and Keith Ferraro leading the way."
Ferraro, the son of legendary Brookville Head Wrestling coach Lenny Ferraro, is a native of Brookville, Pa. and a 1999 Brookville High Grad. He wrestled 2 ½ years for his father, before his passing, and then finished his junior and then senior year under head coach Thad Turner. At Brookville Ferraro was a three-time District Champion 112-Fr.; 125-So.; 135-Sr.) and was part of the 1999 Brookville High School Dual Meet State Championship Team.
Keith went on to attend Lock Haven University, was part of the wrestling program for four seasons (2000 - 2003) and graduated in December of 2003 with a degree in Health and Physical Education. A volunteer coach at Central Mountain in the seasons of 2003 and 2004, Ferraro was the head coach at Brockway in the 2005 season, then took a position to teach at Brookville High School and became the assistant coach under Dave Klepfer since 2006. In the 2011-12 season Brookville advanced 13 wrestlers to regionals, 5 to the PIAA Championships and as a team placed fourth in the state dual meet championships.
"I am thrilled to have Keith Ferraro as my assistant coach," said Clarion mentor Troy Letters. "I knew after the interviews he was the man for the job. He is fully committed to building Clarion wrestling back to national prominence," he continued. "I believe Keith will be a strong recruiter, he has close ties with PIAA coaches and wrestlers across the state and has a very unique insight into PA. wrestling. Keith knows the Clarion Tradtion, grew up appreciating it, and is now part of rebuilding our tradition. I know he will dedicate himself to help us reach our national goals and we welcome him into the Clarion family."
"I first want to thank coach Letters and Mr. Katis for having faith in me and my abilities and giving me the opportunity to coach here at Clarion University," said Ferraro. "I am so looking forward to coaching at Clarion and helping Troy build the tradition back at Clarion. "
Why Clarion - Ferraro was asked?
"This is a great opportunity," said the new Clarion assistant. "I have a lot of faith and respect for coach Letters - I feel he is the right head coach at the right time here at Clarion. I also have such great memories growing up and watching some of the wrestling greats come through Tippin gym. Guys like Kurt Angle, Sheldon Thomas, Bryan Stout and Mark Angle - just to name a few. And of course what coach Bob Bubb did for wrestling here. I want to be part of building that tradition back."