To hear Dennis Papadatos tell the story, he was a high school nobody who was just lucky to have a chance to walk-on and wrestle at Hofstra. Now 13 years after his competitive career at Hofstra ended, Papadatos has returned to his alma mater as the program's head coach, taking over for former teammate Rob Anspach.
Announced during the annual NWCA Convention in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Papadatos talks about his journey from walk-on to Division I head coach and how much his time as an assistant coach at Northern Illinois, Binghamton and North Carolina helped pave the way for his return to Long Island.
Papadatos points to the NWCA Leadership Academy as one factor in his rise as a coach as well as the time he spent at Binghamton under then-head coach Pat Popolizio. During his tenure at Binghamton, the Bearcats program went from one of the worst in Division I to putting out four different Division I All-Americans and a conference championship team.
Papadatos brings a knowledge of Long Island wrestling and an extreme sense of home to the program, asking the fans, alumni and supporters to go with “blind faith” that he'll be able to put Hofstra back on the map nationally.
It's an emotional conversation with the new head coach at Hofstra, Dennis Papadatos on Episode 88 of the Short Time Wrestling Podcast.
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