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Apprentice School Names Bruce Shumaker Head Wrestling Coach

08/22/2007 -


NEWPORT NEWS, VA. - Bruce Shumaker, long-time high school wrestling
coach across the Peninsula, was named today as the Head Wrestling Coach
at The Apprentice School by Director of Athletics Bill Casto. Shumaker
comes to the Builders after serving as the coach at Lafayette High
School since 1998.
"I'm excited to have Bruce join our coaching staff," said Casto.
"His experience and history of success makes him a great addition to our
program. Bruce's credibility in high school wrestling across this state
will greatly enhance our recruiting efforts."
Shumaker graduated from Edinboro University where he was a
walk-on with the wrestling program who progressed to earning a partial
scholarship by the end of his first season. He won over 70% of his
collegiate bouts in his four-years and participated in two Olympic
His first area stop was at Denbigh High School from 1974-80
before heading to Lexington, VA for a season as an Assistant Coach at
Virginia Military Institute and six years at Natural Bridge High School.
At Natural Bridge, he coached 10 individual state champions and 12
place-winners from 1981-87.
He returned to the Peninsula in 1989 to coach at Mathews High
School where his teams compiled a 118-48 dual match record. His Blue
Devil teams won five regional and two state titles, while placing in the
top three four times. At Mathews he won his first of two Virginia State
Wrestling Coach of the Year honors.
Since 1998 he has been the coach at Lafayette High School in
Williamsburg. In that time his teams have been 184-41 in dual meets and
have won three Bay Rivers District Dual Meet titles. The Rams have won
three Region I titles and have been runner-ups five times. In the
Virginia Group AA Tournament the Rams have been in the top 10 seven
times in nine years including two fourth-place finishes.
Former Daily Press wrestling reporter, now Director of Media
Relations for the National Wrestling Coaches Association, Jason Bryant,
had nothing but praises for Shumaker and his return to collegiate
coaching. "Having grown up in Hampton Roads and knowing Bruce Shumaker
on both a personal and professional level, I think the Apprentice School
is making a sound choice," said Bryant who is also the lead wrestling
writer and webmaster for "Bruce is loyal to the
area, a solid technical coach, holds a great knowledge of the sport of
wrestling and is one of the most respected coaches in the state and
Shumaker looks to hit the ground running with the Builders. "I
feel very fortunate to be the new coach of the Apprentice School. This
is a serious wrestling program and there will be a new challenge every
week," he said. "Our first priority will be to continue the success of
the Builder's wrestling and then to make a connection with some of the
local talent."

Jim Heath
Apprentice School
Sports Information Director
P: 757-688-4935