New Wrestling Coach and CDC
August 1, 2012By Shannondoah Deaver of Athens Drive High School
Sean and Sabrina Finkbeiner will be joining the Athens faculty and coaching staff this year and bring their two children into the fold as well. Coach Sean Finkbeiner will be our Alternative Learning Coordinator and Head Wrestling Coach Coach Finkbeiner married his college cheer leader sweetheart, Sabrina, in 1987. Sabrina is Athen's new Career Development Coordinator They have both a rising Senior and rising Sophomore in high school.
Coach Finkbeiner's accolades begin in high school as the Pennsylvania Wrestling State Champion at Northampton High School and a 3x High School National Wrestling Champion. While at Penn State, he earned NCAA Division I All-American honors and was a member of The United States World Team in Greco-Roman. He is currently also a member of The Hall of Champions in District IX, Pennsylvania, and National Wrestling Hall of Fame.
Upon graduating from college, he coached at the college NCAA Div. II level at Kutztown University as an Assistant. In addition, he also coached the Pennsylvania National Team in Free Style and Greco-Roman at Fargo, North Dakota. This team won the National team title in Greco-Roman and were the runner-up in Freestyle. One of his greatest wrestlers he has coached and trained to date is Teague Moore, who went on to become a 3x All-American, an Olympic alternate, and National Champion, while at Oklahoma State University.
As the Head coach at Hopewell HS, he was responsible for scheduling and fundraising for wrestling. Coach Finkbeiner created The Titan Wrestling Academy youth program for K-8th grade. In addition, he created and acted as and tournament director of The Titan Duals, a 32 Dual Team tournament and the largest of its kind on the east coast. Not surprisingly, he was also selected Mecklenburg County Coach of the Year during his last year as Head of the program.
As the Head coach at North Mecklenburg HS, Coach Finkbeiner created a unique nutrition program for wrestling with the Culinary Arts program due to the high level of students with free/reduced lunch. After weigh-ins for dual meets and tournaments, the program fed both wrestlers and their families.
Coach Finkbeiner's experiences as a wrestler and coach have helped him to create successful wrestling programs for all ages that focus on technique, strength training and conditioning as they develop the "Heart of the Champion" in the practice room and in the classroom.
Both Coach Sean Finkbeiner and his wife Sabrina are already bursting with pride at being Athens Jaguars and look forward to meeting more of our community in the coming weeks.