Nick Africano

Head Coach

Coach Africano hails from Alexandria, VA, where he wrestled for West Potomac HS. He went on to compete for Olivet College in Michigan and lead the program as team captain. He went on to serve as an assistant coach at Falls Church HS, while continuing to compete and train internationally under various Olympians and World Team members. He is an age-level U.S. Open All-American in both Greco-Roman and Freestyle finishing as runner-up and 4th respectively. He transitioned to the helm at the Knights Wrestling Academy in 2019.

As of 2019, Coach Africano has produced multiple conference champions, regional placers, and state qualifiers.


Jacob Boisseau

Associate Head Coach

Coach Boisseau is a native of Falls Church, VA. He attended Falls Church HS and George Mason University, while competing for both of their respective wrestling programs. He returned to Falls Church HS as an assistant coach before taking on the role as Associate Head Coach at the Knights Wrestling Academy.

As of 2019, Coach Boisseau has produced multiple conference champions, regional placers, and state qualifiers.


Matthew Zimmerman

Head Assistant Coach

Raised in Southern Maryland, Coach Zimmerman has been involved with wrestling for the past 20+ years. He competed for St. Mary’s Ryken, where he was a 2x WCAC finalist, state medalist, and 3x National Prep qualifier. He proceeded to wrestle for Waynesburg University in Pennsylvania before moving to Florida. It was there that he coached and helped lead Palm Bay HS to conference, district, and regional championship titles and capped his lone season there with 2 state medalists in 2011. After serving in the Peace Corps, he returned to the states and coached collegiately at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts for two seasons before landing at Bishop Ireton High School (Alexandria, VA) as an assistant coach.

As of 2019, Coach Zimmerman has produced: 6 Scholar All-Americans, 1 NCAA DIII All-American, 4 state medalists, 4 regional placers, and 1 conference champion.

Aston Williams

Assistant Coach

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Michael Sicola

Assistant Coach

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Jake Poches

Assistant Coach

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Rich Berkowitz

Summer Camp Clinician

Coach Berkowitz comes to Virginia by way of Nanuet, New York. He was a 4x county champion, 4x section champion, 2x state finalist, and an Eastern States champion for Nanuet HS before competing for SUNY Cortland. He spent 3 years as head coach at Cayuga HS before moving to Virginia. He has since served as an assistant coach for George C. Marshall HS and followed the head coach to Robert E. Lee HS in 2019.

Over the span of his career, he has produced multiple conference champions, 2 section placers, 3 regional champions, several state medalists, and 2 state finalists.

Cory Apple

Summer Camp Clinician

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Alex Vergara


Coach Vergara was raised in Alexandria, VA and has been involved with wrestling for the past 15 years. He competed for Bishop Ireton HS and Longwood University, where he was a state medalist and 3x national qualifier. He previously served as an assistant coach at St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes School and Thomas Edison HS, which were both in Alexandria, VA. Vergara is currently the head coach at Bishop O’Connell High School (Arlington, VA). In addition, he provides year-round administrative support to the Knights Wrestling Academy.

As of 2019, Coach Vergara has produced: 1 All-American, 2 state champions, 24 state medalists, 14 National Prep qualifiers, 4 regional champions, and 12 conference champions.