He started wrestling at the age of twelve and excelled through high school and college to become an award-winning champion. Now, Joe Archangelo is coming to coach at William Penn High School (WPHS) as the new head coach, replacing Marvin Dooley who will continue to coach both football and baseball.
“William Penn has a great tradition, I’ve known about it all my life…I feel like I still have a lot to give back to the community,” Archangelo said.
Archangelo, who was a three-time Blue Hen Conference champion, hopes to maintain WPHS’s winning ways. While the team has consistently ranked high, the team has not won a state title since 2000 or wrestled in the championship match since 2008. He says he looks forward to working with student-athletes in the coming school year, along with WPHS’s dedicated staff.
“Together we want to build a program that the community is proud of and we want to reach that elite status in the wrestling community that William Penn once was.” he said.
Archangelo, a New Castle County Police Officer, has coached and officiated wrestling matches for years and is a familiar face in the wrestling circles. As a master corporal and community engagement specialist for the New Castle County Police Department, he says he also brings experience in working with young people to WPHS.
“We want to make sure we have a college prep program that is structurally sound with a strength and conditioning program that is second to none and that we meet the needs of all of our kids because they’re all different,” Archangelo said.
Deputy Principal Jim Zimmerman, himself a two-time state champion, is excited to have Archangelo coaching the team saying, “Joe brings an incredible amount of experience of working with kids in wrestling, passion and work ethic that is needed to be competitive in a sport like wrestling.”