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ALEX VERGARA

Founder & Assistant Coach
vergara@knightswrestlingacademy.com


A native of the DC Metro Area, Coach Vergara debuted his coaching career in 2010 as a volunteer for Bishop Ireton HS, his alma mater, where he served as the practice partner for the #1 140 lb. wrestler in the state. In January of that same season, he accepted a position at St. Stephen's & St. Agnes School. He remained with the Saints throughout the 2011-2012 season, while producing a 17-3 dual meet record, 2 National Prep qualifiers, and 6 state medalists. He moved on to the VHSL to serve as a technician on the mat for Thomas A. Edison HS (Alexandria, VA) from 2012-2016. His efforts did not go unnoticed as he was offered the head coach position at Bishop O'Connell HS (Arlington, VA). Since the Winter of 2016, he has been at the helm of a program that has produced 8 conference champions; 6 state champions; 53 individual state champions, and 31 All-Americans.

As an athlete, Coach Vergara wrestled for Longwood University, which competed in the Mid-Atlantic Conference of the NCWA. He represented the Lancers at 133 lbs. at the MAC championship and earned 3 automatic bids to the NCWA National Championship - the first and only Lancer to do so. Additionally, he earned two 3rd place finishes at the Apprentice School Invitational in as many trips. In high school, Vergara first stepped on the mat as a sophomore and ended up a two-time varsity starter for Bishop Ireton HS. His accolades include a 6th place (140 lbs) finish at the Northern Region Classic, two 3rd place finishes (140/145 lbs) in the WCAC and one 6th place finish (145 lbs) at VISAA States.

He currently resides in Fairfax, VA with his wife and serves the community as an ESOL teacher for FCPS.

By the numbers:

  • All Americans - 1

  • National Prep Qualifiers - 12

  • State Champions - 2

  • State Medalists - 20

  • Regional Champions - 4

  • Conference Champions - 12


COACHING EXPERIENCE

Bishop O'Connell High School
Head Coach (2016-Present)

Knights Wrestling Academy
Assistant Coach (2019-Present)
Head Coach (2017-Present)

Gunston Wrestling Club
Assistant Coach (2010-2017)

Thomas A. Edison High School
Assistant Coach (2012-2016)

St. Stephen's & St. Agnes School
Assistant Coach (2011-2012)

Bishop Ireton High School
Volunteer Assistant (2010)


USA WRESTLING CREDENTIALS

Bronze Certification
Copper Certification


EDUCATION

MARYMOUNT UNIVERSITY
Master of Education
English as a Second Language
 

LONGWOOD UNIVERSITY
Bachelor of Arts
English