Coach Spotlight: Rafael Vega

Coach Rafael Vega

Coach Rafael Vega is one of the two new additions to the Edgemont Coaching Staff this year. Let’s take a few minutes to meet him!

When did you start wrestling?

“I started wrestling in the 3rd grade.”

Wrestling career details:

“I wrestled for Mount Anthony Union High School, Bennington VT.  I was a 3 time state champ, 3 time New England champ, High School All American, 4th at Senior National, Fargo Nationals All American, Dapper Dan USA Team, and North East Freestyle and Greco Champ.

I wrestled at Edinboro University of PA, Rookie Wrestler of the Year, 2x National Qualifier, Midlands place winner.

I started coaching in 2001 at Williams College, MA, assistant from 2001-2005, Head Coach 06-09, Assistant at Army, West Point, NY, coach 09-11.”

What do you like to do outside of wrestling?

“Fly fishing, fly tying, building random things out of bamboo.”

Favorite movie?

“Apocolypto”

What brought you to Edgemont High School Wrestling?

“Destiny.”

Favorite moment in wrestling?

“Winning my first New England title was the sweetest!”

Greatest lesson learned from one of your coaches:

“Hard work, determination, perseverance.”

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