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Sarchione Chevrolet Garrettsville’s Getting to Know: Rootstown wrestling’s Anthony Anderson

Sarchione Chevrolet Garrettsville’s Getting to Know: Rootstown wrestling’s Anthony Anderson


By Tom Nader

Publisher and Editor


“Getting to Know is an ongoing series created to spotlight the coaches and administrators that are guiding today’s Portage County student-athletes to be tomorrow’s leaders.

Today, we get to know Rootstown High School wrestling coach Anthony Anderson, who is in his first season leading the Rovers’ program.



Q: Hometown?

A: Streetsboro, Ohio.



Q: High school?

A: Streetsboro High School and Maplewood JVS. Class of 1997. Graduate of Maplewood’s power equipment program. After graduation, Anderson went into a career in hydraulic equipment repair.



Q: Current occupation?

A: He has owned and operated his own hydraulic equipment repair business for the last 22 years.



Q: What inspired you to become a coach?

A: My inspiration came from my four children playing sports. I fell in love with being able to coach and mentor young athletes. Wrestling was a sport that I enjoyed coaching the most. I coached with the Ravenna youth wrestling program for 10 years. My children were moved to Rootstown, where I continued to coach wrestling at the junior-high level and I became the head coach for the last seven years. I was asked by Craig Wise if I wanted to try my hand at the high-school level, and I accepted the challenge.



Q: What makes being a coach at Rootstown special to you?

A: I was accepted by the community and coaching staff from the first day I stepped in as coach. The entire program works together from bottom to the top, and I do not know a more supportive community that is dedicated to a wrestling program as Rootstown is.



Q: Who has been your biggest influence?

A: Coach Craig Wise. I have learned a lot about coaching from observing how he makes the program successful. From running the practice room to the behind-the-scenes work.



I have learned to be very patient as I have grown, and I can attribute that to my father. His advice over the years in every aspect of my life is the reason I have been successful.



Q: Most memorable moment as a coach?

A: Watching and coaching my children would be a highlight, but mostly I have really enjoyed watching the first-year athletes get their first wins and continue to develop into great athletes and young men.

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