A National Hall of Fame Inductee

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Rocky Point High School wresting coach Darren Goldstein was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame on Friday, April 20. 

Mr. Goldstein, a former All-League wrester, one of the most winning athletes in the Empire State Games and member of the 1985 Port Jefferson State Cup champion team, began his coaching career in the district as the junior varsity coach. It was here that he started the North Shore Wrestling Club on a federally funded grant, creating a club that opened its doors to anyone who wanted to attend. Before being appointed as the varsity coach in Rocky Point, Mr. Goldstein served as a coach in the Longwood, Mt. Sinai and Shoreham-Wading River school districts. 

To date, Mr. Goldstein has amassed 232 dual meet wins, five dual meet league championships, several league tournament championships, two Suffolk County dual meet championships, a Suffolk County tournament championship and a 2010 New York State championship. He has coached 55 All-County wrestlers, including 12 Suffolk County champions. Additionally, he has coached one Olympian – Brandon Escobar – and a female world team member and national champion – Jenna Burkett. 

“The wrestling room is just another classroom, so like my classroom students I want the wrestlers to learn lessons of life that go beyond the four walls of the classroom/wrestling room,” Mr. Goldstein said. “Being inducted into the Hall of Fame was a tremendous honor.”