Grant Paswall is the founder of GPS Wrestling Club and our Head Coach. As a wrestler Grant finished in the top five in the New York and Pennsylvania State Tournaments, and took first at the NJ State Prep Championships. In addition, he was a four-time Freestyle State Champion, ultimately earning him a spot in the starting line-up at the University of Illinois. Grant has been exposed to some of the best coaching styles in the country and has blended these ideas with his own philosophy, which provides the foundation for our innovative wrestling programs. As a coach, Grant has had many successes in a relatively short amount of time, and he aims to bring the best out of every wrestler who comes to train at GPS.
Peter Dene is a high school biology teacher and just finished his ninth year as Tappan Zee High School’s Varsity Head Coach. Under his leadership, the wrestling team has had nine consecutive winning seasons. Peter is known for instilling values and the type of work ethic that benefits athletes long after their wrestling careers are over. He’s been voted Rockland County Coach of the Year, and has been awarded League Coach of the Year three times. He has coached numerous Rockland County champions, All-Section wrestlers and NY State Qualifiers.
Reid Paswall has been with GPSW for three years, and is known for bringing unmatched energy and a vast knowledge of the sport to every GPS Juniors session. Reid was a two-time Letter-Winner for Wyoming Seminary High School in Pennsylvania, who were ranked among the top ten wrestling teams in the nation at that time.
Nick Sulzer was a four-year member of the University of Virginia’s Division 1 wrestling team. He was a three-time All-American and became only the second team member to earn NCAA All-America honors three times. He twice was selected to the National Wrestling Coaches Association All-Academic Team and earned Virginia's Top Athletic Scholar Award and its Wrestling Leadership Award in 2015. Following his career as a student-athlete, Nick became an assistant wrestling coach at The Wrestling Factory of Cleveland in 2015.
Former Ukraine National Team member, Ruslan Beltsyk, brings his experience to the GPS Kiddie Klub and Junior programs. Ruslan had an extensive competitive wrestling career in the Ukraine and the USA, most notably as a Freestyle Wrestler for the New York Athletic Club from 1996-2000, and placing first in the NY Empire State Games in '96. After competing, he became the Assistant Coach at Trinity High School, leading the team to the US National Wrestling Championships and placing 6th overall for the first time in 10 years. Ruslan brings a wealth of Freestyle experience to the room, with a coaching style centered around the appropriate use of body mechanics and strength.
Jeff Regan had an impressive career as a high school wrestler which earned him a spot on the Campbell University Wrestling Team. There, he was a two-year starter under some of the top wrestling coaches in the country. Jeff has been an advocate for wrestling within the local community; volunteering his time at Mahopac High School before joining the Hackley School wrestling staff. He has helped coach multiple NY State Champions and Prep School All-Americans during his high school coaching career, and is a valued coach for the GPS Juniors Program.
AMANDA DA COSTA
Amanda Da Costa is the Barefoot Bootcamp instructor at GPS. She is a former NCAA Division 1 student athlete at Florida State University and 7X Professional Soccer Player. Amanda has competed and worked with top elite athletes and coaches who have shaped her coaching style and inspired her training methods.