Chamberlain named MC wrestling coach

By on October 25, 2017
Billy Chamberlain, who replaces Troy Sunderland as the Manheim Central hed wrestling coach, congratulates Will Betancourt on the medal stand at the District Three Championships last year.

Billy Chamberlain, who replaces Troy Sunderland as the Manheim Central head wrestling coach, congratulates Will Betancourt on the medal stand at the District Three Championships last year.

Billy Chamberlain is stepping into what he considers a dream opportunity.

The resignation of Troy Sunderland as the Manheim Central wrestling coach after last season left an opening for the Barons, and Chamberlain didn’t have to think twice about applying.

On Monday night, the 29-year-old former assistant for the maroon and gray was approved at Manheim Central’s monthly school board meeting to take over as the Barons’ new head coach.

Prior to working under Sunderland for the past two years, Chamberlain, a 2006 Cumberland Valley grad, served four years on the staff for the Eagles.

“To be honest, when I came to Manheim, just the history, the tradition, the mentality of the kids and the family and the program just really drew me in,” Chamberlain said. “And then to have a chance to be able to build off of what Troy’s done for the last eight years is a dream come true. It was amazing working under him. Not only is he a great coach, but he’s a great friend, and I really would love to be able to build upon that.”

He takes over a program that captured the Section Two championship last winter with a perfect 6-0 L-L record (9-6 overall). With a young team on the mats in 2016-17 — led by Will Betancourt who won the League, Sectional, and District titles, then qualified for States as a freshman — the future looks bright for the Barons.

“We’ve got a lot of young kids that got experience last year,” Chamberlain said, “and if we keep making the progress we’ve seen over the spring and summer and now in the fall, I think the kids are poised to be able to have some great success. But it all comes down to, do they believe in it, and at this moment I would say they do.”

There’s no doubt that Chamberlain believes. A former grappler who competed in the 119-pound weight class as a senior at Cumberland Valley, he will bring a detail-oriented approach to coaching.

“I truly think that the smaller things you can pick out and work on bring the biggest changes and the most success for the kids,” Chamberlain said. “I’m a very technical coach. I’m big on the technique, the process. I have everything scripted for in-season, breaking it down practice by practice, month by month, and I’m very big on matchups and just working on the little details with the kids.”

Getting the opportunity to work with Sunderland for two years only improved his ability to prepare for match-ups he and his team might see in a match.

Asked what specifically he learned from the tutelage of the ex-Penn State wrestler and coach, Chamberlain said, “I would say the best thing I learned was how to react to the unexpected. (Troy) really taught me that you can have the best scripted plan on how you think a match would go, how you think a season would go. And in the end, injuries happen, kids not coming out happens, kids getting sick and so being able to react to that and yet still be a strong leader for the program is one of the key attributes I’d say Troy instilled in me.”

The start of the wrestling season is less than a month away, with pre-season practices opening on Friday, Nov. 17, and Chamberlain can’t wait to get started.

“I feel truly blessed for the opportunity put in front of me and being able to have the experiences that have led me here,” he said. “I think the kids have really started buying into the changes that both Troy and I have tried to implement in the last couple years. Our numbers keep growing every year and the excitement in the program right now is very high and I feel privileged to be part of that.”




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