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Adam Takes Over as Upper Perkiomen Wrestling Coach
Written by Bradley Schlegel, Staff Writer

            Less than a day after the news of his dismissal as a head wrestling coach of his alma mater reached the public, Steve Adam received six job offers.  He said one of

those came from Upper Perkiomen High School.

            In September, he was approved by the school board as the Indians new permanent wrestling coach. Adam, 42, spent 21 seasons coaching in various capacities at Brandywine Heights. He replaces Samuel Walters, who resigned during the middle of last season.

            "Steve rose to the top during the interview process because of his experience coaching high school wrestlers and his commitment to the sport of wrestling," wrote Robert Kurzweg III, the school's athletic director, in a September 21 email message.  I believe he is going to be a great addition to the Upper Perkiomen coaching staff and become a vital part of our wrestling community."

            A 1993 graduate of Brandywine Heights High School who served as the head coach at the same school last season, Adam developed the necessary experience and knowledge to build a successful program under the tutelage of Samuel J. Lovello, a member of the Pennsylvania State Wrestling Coaches Association and National Wrestling halls of fame.

            "I know how to mentor kids and help them be successful at a high level," said Adam, who works in the East Penn Manufacturing's corporate pricing department.

            One of his top priorities as a coach will be to make sure the Indians are one of the best conditioned teams in the state.  "If one of our wrestlers loses a match on conditioning, then it's on the head coach," said Adam, who reached the state tournament as a senior 135-pounder with the Bullets.

            Adam, who served 21 years as an assistant coach on the Bullets wrestling team, was named head coach last October following the death of Lovello, who led the program for 39 seasons. During the 2016-17 season, Adam led the team to a 3-11 record, and the school board chose not to retain him.  "I think the school board was trying to close the chapter of an era, and I might have been collateral damage," he said.

            Within 24 hours of that news leaking out, Adam claims he received six calls offering him a job. He said one came from Kurzweg, who had previously served as the athletic director at Brandywine Heights for several years.  "Upper Perkiomen is a nice fit for me," the new head coach said.

            Adam's coaching staff includes Kyle Kemmerer, who won a PIAA goal medal in 2003 and wrestled at Ithaca University, along with volunteer assistants Mark Smith, Jr. an Upper Perkiomen graduate who won three state medals, and Ryan Kemmerer, a two-time state medalist at the school.

            "There's something to be said about tradition," Adam said. "Ryan and Marky are very well known in the community, so it's very important to have them on the staff. The kids see their names honored on the practice room wall, so it's very relatable."

            On December 9, the Indians are scheduled to open their season in the Sam Lovello Classic at Brandywine Heights. Adam said he'll likely deal with mixed emotions.  "I'm thrilled to go there," Adam said. "Sam was a father figure in my life. But as soon as the first whistle blows, it's a whole different game. The sentimental stuff wears off pretty quickly."





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