New England College announced the beginning of wrestling at the school last week, and today they have announced their new wrestling coach. John Archambeau, formerly the head coach at Daniel Webster College, is moving 50 miles up the road from Nashua to Henniker to become the coach at a new program for the second time in his career. Archambeau spent the past two seasons as the first coach at Daniel Webster College after previously spending two seasons as a graduate assistant at his alma mater Springfield College. New England College intends to begin competition this season.
HENNIKER, N.H. –Director of Athletics Louis Izzi is pleased to announce the hiring of John Archambeau as the program’s first head wrestling coach at New England College.
“We are very excited to have John join our coaching staff and lead our men’s wrestling program into its first season of varsity competition,” said Izzi. “His passion, vision, and knowledge of the sport are essential to successfully building our program from the ground up. I am looking forward to seeing our wrestling program grow and consistently compete at the highest level in Division III under John’s direction.”
Archambeau joins NEC after serving two seasons as head wrestling coach at Daniel Webster College in Nashua, New Hampshire. Archambeau is no stranger to the creation of a program as he was responsible for the establishment of varsity wrestling at Daniel Webster in 2014.
Prior to Daniel Webster Archambeau served two seasons as a graduate assistant for Springfield College. While at Springfield, Archambeau coached 12 all-regional wrestlers, eight national qualifiers, four All-Americans and one national champion.
“I want to thank New England College President Michele Perkins, and athletic director Lou Izzi for this great opportunity,” stated Archambeau. “The entire college campus community has been very welcoming and I look forward to doing everything I can to make this program successful from the start.”
Archambeau earned his Masters of Science degree in advance physical education licensure pedagogy and his Bachelors of Science degree in movement and sport studies both from Springfield College. As an undergraduate Archambeau was a member of the varsity wrestling program earning all-conference honors in 2010 and 2011.
New England College wrestling will be a member of the New England Wrestling Association (NEWA) and will begin varsity competition this November. Members of the NEWA include, in-state opponent Plymouth State University, neighboring University of Southern Maine and Norwich University, plus 11 other institutions.