Sam Lovello

Sam Lovello

Coaches at Brandywine Heights Area School District

Location:
200 W. Weis St., Topton, Pennsylvania, United States
HQ Phone:
(610) 682-5100

General Information

Experience

Wrestling Ambassador  - Berks County

Education

Reading High School

Affiliations

Member  - Pennsylvania Wrestling Coaches Hall of Fame

Recent News  

Brandywine Heights Coaches Sam Lovello, John S. Toggas

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Lovello is The Morning Call's Class 2A coach of the year. March 27, 2006From The Morning Call In December 2005, Sam Lovello, then 58, was rolling around the mats with some of his wrestlers at Brandywine Heights High School and felt a tingling in his left arm.No big deal, he thought.Just aches and pains of an older body working out with young men.Then the cold sweats started.During workouts."I thought it was old age," joked Lovello, now 59."My wife talked me into going to the doctor.We did a stress test.I had a blockage, and they put a stent in."A few days later, Lovello was back on the mats, demonstrating closed-eye jumping jacks for the team, when the clot sealing the hole where the catheter had been inserted in his inguinal artery broke."I was just showing them what I wanted, and PLOP," he remembered."Blood everywhere.I had to stay on the couch for two days with a heavy bag on it."Lovello recovered just fine, though, and Brandywine wrestling fans are glad he did.This season, Lovello led the team to a 21-1 record, won the Berks County League title, and qualified six wrestlers for the PIAA Class 2A tournament.But that's only part of it.With a win over Kutztown, Lovello collected a major milestone, his 400th career victory.The Bullets also picked up the 450th win in school history, a feat honored by being listed in the state tournament program.For his achievements, but more importantly, for his compassion for the young men in his charge, Lovello is The Morning Call's Class 2A coach of the year."I am humbled," he said when told of his second such selection (he also won in 2003).I went up to Sam and congratulated him on the 400 wins at regionals.Sam pulled me aside and said I was on to something.He said we beat some of his best kids.He gave me a lot of incentive to keep working hard at it."That's the thing about Lovello, his attitude."You won't see him get angry often during a match," said John Toggas, the former Parkland head coach who has served as Lovello's assistant for the past four years."Like most good coaches, they do their work before a match.They look up to him and like him a lot."And Lovello likes them back.A sixth-grade English and social studies teacher at Brandywine, Lovello enjoys being around the kids."I always got along with the kids," Lovello said.Lovello agreed that this season certainly had some memorable highlights.Lovello, who has coached at Brandywine since 1975 except for two years at Wilson of West Lawn in the mid-1980s, figures he has four more years left in his tenure.He's got a bumper crop of eighth-graders ready to move up, and he's looking forward to helping them reach the top step at the state tournament."I still believe every time we go out there, we're going to bring [a champion] back," he said.gary.blockus@mcall.com

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Also, Danville's Ron Kanaskie and Brandywine Heights' Sam Lovello won their 550th and 400th matches, respectively.

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