Nicholas Matteo is a 2007 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School for Communication. Recruited by current Penn head coach Roger Reina, Nick was a four-year member of Penn’s varsity wrestling program. Unfortunately, Nick’s career on the mat was cut short due to a neck injury; however, he continued his commitment to the program by helping in all facets of wrestling operations until his graduation.
After Penn, Nick continued his education and earned a Master of Business Administration and a Master of Sport Administration from Ohio University Center for Sports Administration. Nick also earned a Juris Doctorate from Rutgers Law School at night while working full-time. He passed the bar exam in both New York and New Jersey in the summer of 2016.
Professionally, Nick has worked at the National Football League since 2009. Working in the NFL’s Management Council, he is currently the Senior Director of Labor Operations and serves as a main point of contact for NFL Club Executives on a myriad of subjects, including Player Contract, Salary Cap and NFL Collective Bargaining Agreement issues.
Raised in Ramsey, NJ, Nick graduated from Bergen Catholic High School in 2003. There, he was a captain for coach Dave Bell. He was also a NJ state place winner and a member of Bell’s first two state championship teams. In addition to his work with the Pennsylvania RTC board, Nick serves on Penn Wrestling’s Grappler’s Club Board and the Bergen Catholic Wrestling Alumni Board. He is a past recipient of the Grappler’s Club Order of Merit, and a co-founder and tournament director of Flo Wrestling Who’s Number 1 National Duals. Nick currently lives in Hoboken, NJ.
A 1997 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania with degrees from the Wharton School and the College of Art and Sciences, Clinton Matter has long been a proud member of the Penn wrestling community. During his undergraduate career, Clinton was twice selected to be captain of the Penn wrestling team, won two EIWA individual titles and helped the program to capture the EIWA team championship in both ’96 and ’97. He was named an NWCA Academic All American and the Class of 1915 Award winner as the top male student-athlete in Penn’s ‘97 graduating class. Following graduation, Clinton has remained an active member of the Penn and Philadelphia wrestling community. Currently, Clinton serves as a member of the Grapplers’ Club Board, the Board of the Pennsylvania RTC and the University of Pennsylvania’s Athletic Board of Overseers. He is one of the founding members and Chairman of the Board of Beat the Streets Philadelphia, an organization that sponsors youth wrestling and mentoring programs across the Philadelphia metropolitan region.
Professionally, Clinton has pursued a career in finance. He currently works at Weiss Multistrategy Advisers as a Portfolio Manager of the Credit Opportunities desk. Prior to his time at Weiss, Clinton was a Managing Director at Royal Bank of Canada and the Co-Chief Investment Officer at Arx Investment Management. He started his professional career at Morgan Stanley following graduation from Penn.
Clinton and his wife Kourtney (C’98 and captain of the Penn women’s swimming team) live in Summit, NJ and are blessed with four children.
Gary serves as an Investment Associate within the Private Banking and Investment Group at Merrill Lynch, a subsidiary of Bank of America since 2007. In this role he helps clients in all aspects of wealth management including portfolio management, asset allocation, and strategic planning. Prior to joining Merrill Lynch, he traded whole loans and mortgage back securities for Fannie Mae from 2005-2007 as an Account Executive within the firm’s Capital Markets Sales Desk. Before Fannie Mae, he was a Sales Consultant with Rydex Investments, a mutual fund company based in Rockville, MD. Gary started his career at Deutsche Bank Alex. Brown as a member of the OTC Equity Trading Desk.
Gary graduated from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1995 with a Bachelor of Science in Economics major with a concentration in Finance. He has been associated with the sport of wrestling for 30 years having competed in high school and college, leading teams to state and Ivy League Championships. He is on the Board of the Wrestlers in Business Network – Philadelphia Chapter, on the Board and youth wrestling coach for Conestoga Youth Wrestling Association, on the Board of the Grapplers’ Club – Penn Wrestling’s alumni association, and the Board of the Pennsylvania RTC. He currently lives in Berwyn, Pennsylvania with his wife and three children: Celeste, Kyle, and Azul.
Born and raised in Amarillo, TX. Started wrestling at age 6, dreamed of being an Olympic Champion at 8, and accomplished that dream at age 24 at the 2000 Sydney Olympics.
While in high school, Brandon recognized that being a quality student athlete was imperative and chose to attend The Wharton School of Business at The University of Pennsylvania where he received a dual concentration in Finance and Entrepreneurial Management, “one of the absolute best decisions I ever made.”
After the Olympics, Brandon obtained a Graduate Degree in Theology from Dallas Theological Seminary. From 2006 to 2009 Brandon worked in commercial real estate at Stream Realty Partners in Dallas, TX. After serving in the business world for almost four years, Brandon was recruited by USA Wrestling to join their National Coaching Staff, and accepted the position having served as Resident Freestyle Coach and on the coaching staffs of both World and Olympic Teams. Brandon married Tina Collins on June 9, 2009. Brandon and Tina have three daughters, Sydney, Charlotte, and Savannah Slay. Tina and Brandon serve at Converge Church.
Roger Reina is the former University of Pennsylvania wrestling coach (1986–2005). He left coaching in 2005 after 19 seasons on the mat where he had a career record of 205-106-6, making him the most successful coach in the 101-year history of the program. He is credited with coaching 63 NCAA Qualifiers, 31 EIWA Champions, 17 All-Americans, 4 consecutive EIWA titles, three NCAA finalists, an NCAA Champion and an Olympic Gold Medalist.
Roger has been inducted into the University of Pennsylvania Athletics Hall of Fame, as well as the Eastern Intercollegeiate Wrestling Hall of Fame.
A 1984 graduate from the Univeristy of Pennsylvania where he was a four year starter, Team Captain and All Ivy Wrestler.
Roger currently serves with The University of Pennsylvania’s Administration as Senior Associate Athletic Director, External Affairs.
Non Profit Work
- Chairman of the Ivy League Wrestling Coaches Association
- President of the EIWA Coaches Association
- President of the National Wrestling Coaches Association
- Chairman, Local Organizing Committee for 2011 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships, Philadelphia PA
Roger has two children David (18) and Lindsey (15), and lives in Lafayette Hill, PA.
Brett Matter is the Head Trader for Brahman Capital Corp, a hedge fund located in New York City. Prior to joining to Brahman Capital in 2007, Brett was was a trader at Ziff Brothers Investments from 2001 – 2007. Brett started his professional career working as an equity research associate for Salomon Smith Barney from 2000 – 2001.
Brett is a founding board member of Beat the Streets Philadelphia. A nonprofit organization formed in 2009, focused on providing Philadelphia area youths the opportunity to participate in athletic and mentoring programs.
Brett Graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2000 with BS in Economics, was a 2 time New Jersey State High School Champion at Delran High School in New Jersey, a 2 time NCAA All American and an NCAA Champion at the University of Pennsylvania. Brett is a member of the Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association Hall of Fame. He was enrolled at the schools prestigious Wharton School of Business where he concentrated in Finance and Management.
Brett and his wife Shannon reside in Chatham, NJ with their 4 children: Leigha, Olivia, Riley and Dean.
David S. Pottruck is the Chairman of HighTower Advisors, a $25 billion wealth management firm that he helped launch in 2008. He serves on the Board of Directors of Intel Corporation, where he is a member of the Executive Committee, Chairman of the Compensation Committee, and Chairman of the Retirement Plan Investment Committee. In addition, he is on the Board of Directors of several early-stage companies, including CorpU, a 21st-century corporate training organization, where he is chairman. Dave was formerly a Trustee of the University of Pennsylvania and Chair of the San Francisco Committee on Jobs.
Dave joined The Charles Schwab Corporation in 1984 as Executive Vice President of Marketing and led its innovative direct response advertising campaigns. Under his marketing leadership from 1984 to 1987, when the company went public, Schwab’s revenues tripled in size. He became Schwab’s President in 1992, co-CEO with Chuck Schwab in 1998, and CEO in 2002. During this period, Dave and Chuck worked shoulder to shoulder, together focusing on leading the company, with little attention to their respective titles. Over Dave’s 20-year tenure at Schwab, the company’s assets in custody grew from $5 billion to over $1 trillion and the equity value of Schwab grew from roughly $50 million to approximately $16 billion.
During Dave’s leadership, Schwab refocused its business model entirely on the Internet, a radically transformative move that drove the company’s explosive growth. Schwab also led a reinvention of the no-load mutual fund industry with the introduction of the no-fee “mutual fund supermarket” concept, and introduced the RIA servicing business; both innovations are now cornerstones of the discount brokerage industry.
Dave is the coauthor with Terry Pearce of Clicks and Mortar: Passion Driven Growth in an Internet Driven World. A top-ten best seller in BusinessWeek and on Amazon, Clicks and Mortar has been translated into six languages and was on the best seller list in Germany.
He is a Senior Fellow and adjunct faculty member at the Wharton School’s Center for Leadership and Change Management. In 2010 and again in 2012, he received Wharton San Francisco’s Outstanding Teaching Award for his course focused on leading breakthrough change. Dave has taught change leadership to hundreds of executives from around the world via programs tailored for specific corporations and in courses offered online through CorpU.
Dave has received accolades and recognition from numerous organizations and publications. He has been named one of the “Top 15 CEOs” by Worth; “CEO of the Year” by Information Week; “Executive of the Year” by the San Francisco Business Times; and “CEO of the Year” by Morningstar. He was named by Smart Money as one of the three most influential executives in the world of investing and by Institutional Investor as the number one most influential executive in the world of online finance.
In 1999 he was appointed by Congress and then-President Clinton to serve as one of 19 Commissioners on the Advisory Commission on Electronic Commerce, which was tasked with producing recommendations on electronic commerce and tax policy, arguably one of the most important policy initiatives of the Information Age.
Dave graduated with a BA from the University of Pennsylvania, and earned his MBA with honors from Wharton. Dave was Team Captain of both the Penn Football and Wrestling Teams, winning multiple Ivy Lague Championships and competing at the NCAA Championships. He has served in Board and Advisory roles for USA Wrestling and the National Wrestling Coaches Associations. A native of New York, Dave now resides in San Francisco. His children, Stephanie and Craig, are both Penn alumni.
Matt Azevedo, who is entering his fourth season as head coach of the Dragons, joined the Drexel coaching staff in April of 2011 after a successful coaching career at Cornell University and Cal Poly. He is the eighth head coach in the school’s history and replaced Jack Childs, who retired after 35 seasons at Drexel.
Last season, Azevedo lead the Dragons through their first season in the EIWA conference. Drexel went 7-15 overall and picked up a conference win against Franklin & Marshall. The Dragons also defeated Rider on Spirit Night at the Daskalakis Athletic Center, which marks the first victory over the Broncs since 2007. Despite a tough conference schedule during the season, the squad fared well at the EIWA Tournament as Kevin Devoy Jr. earned a second place finish at 133 lbs., Austin Sommer placed fifth at 157 lbs., Noel Blanco and Brandon Palik finished seventh at 149 lbs. and 197 lbs. respectively, and Tanner Shoap earned an eighth place finish at 125 lbs. Devoy, Sommer, and Palik each qualified for the 2014 NCAA Tournament as well. The Dragons were also recognized at the end of the season for their academic performance when they were ranked 14th in the nation by the National Wrestling Coaches Association.
In the 2012-13 season, Azevedo brought the Dragons to the Grapple in the Garden. It was the first collegiate wrestling match at the famed arena in Manhattan. The Dragons defeated George Mason in the Garden, 24-19. Drexel also had an impressive victory against Hofstra. It was the first time the Dragons defeated the Pride since 1997.
In his first season, Azevedo guided the Dragons to a 7-10 overall finish and went 2-4 in the Colonial Athletic Association. The team tallied 17 pins and seven dual meet victories. Azevedo had four conference place winners and had three wrestlers qualify for the NCAA tournament. He also worked to have Drexel host the 2012 Flo Nationals, which brought in over 750 high school wrestlers to the DAC’s mats.
While at Cornell, Azevedo helped the Big Red earn nine All-America honors, nine EIWA champions and seven Academic All-Americans. He also guided the team to back-to-back second-place finishes at the NCAA championships, which marked the best performance in school history.
Prior to his time at Cornell, Azevedo spent seven seasons as an assistant coach at Cal Poly, where he coached seven All-Americans and eight Pac-10 champions. He also helped guide Cal Poly to its highest finish in school history at the Pac-10 championships by placing second in 2004 and 2006.
Azevedo wrestled collegiately at Arizona State and Iowa State, each for two seasons. He advanced to the NCAA Tournament in three of his four seasons. Azevedo graduated with a bachelor’s degree in liberal studies from Iowa State in 2002. He continued his wrestling career after graduation and went on to be a seven-time U.S. National place winner, two-time U.S. National Team member and won the 2008 U.S. Open National Championship.
Azevedo, his wife, Brooke, and their sons, Judah and Roman, reside in Bryn Mawr, Pa.
Brad Silimperi has been the head coach at Council Rock High School South since 2002-2003. He was an assistant at Council Rock High School for 5 years before the school split and also served as head coach at Richboro Junior High School for 2 years. At CR SOUTH Coach Silimperi and his staff has produced 48 District One Champions, 28 Southeast Regional Champions, 39 PIAA State medalists and 9 PIAA State Individual Champions. In only their 3rd year in existence (2005) he led the CR South Golden Hawks to their first ever PIAA State Team Wrestling Championship. Coach Silimperi has been named the District 1 Coach of the Year 3 times (2008, 2011, 2018) and has been an SOL Coach of the Year on numerous occasions. His teams have won 12 SOL dual meet titles, 11 SOL League/ Sectional Tournament titles, 8 District One titles, 3 District One Dual Meet titles and 4 Southeast Regional Titles. His career coaching record is 228-86. Coach Silimperi is also the founder and club director of Apache Wrestling Club. Established in 1997, Apache Wrestling club serves athletes from all over Southeastern PA as well as neighboring NJ. Apache athletes have won countless district and regional titles as well as several PA and NJ state titles. Apache Wrestling Club takes great pride in preparing their athletes to compete at the NCAA level. Apache Alumni have competed for various Div. 1, Div. II and Div. 3 programs such as Penn State University, Iowa, UPENN, Drexel, Maryland, UNC, Kutztown and UVA to name a few. Coach Silimperi wrestled for Nazareth High School in the famed District 11, where he set the school record for wins with a career mark of 131-9-1. He was a 3 time District 11 Champion, 4 time Northeast Regional Champion and 3 time PIAA state finalist, winning a state championship in 1988. After high school he attended the University of North Carolina and then transferred to Lock Haven University. While at Lock Haven University, Coach Silimperi was a 2 time NCAA DIV. 1 National Qualifier and a 2 time NCAA Academic All-American. After graduating from LHU, Coach Silimperi has taught in the Council Rock School District for the past 22 years. Currently he teaches Advanced Placement Psychology. In addition to teaching, Coach Silimperi likes to spend his free time down the shore. He currently resides in Doylestown with his wife Sheila. He has 2 daughters, Krystle and Ashley, grandson Dominic and dog BEAR.
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