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High School & Lower / Sunderland Hired at Manheim Central
« on: August 12, 2009, 02:43:14 PM »

Pennsylvania State University is a fairly popular destination with many of the citizens of the Borough of Manheim.

Pick any Fall Saturday and you can find Manheim residents strolling up and down College Avenue, on their way to/from the latest football victory by the Nittany Lions.

And then there are Manheim's sons and daughters who journey up U.S. 322 to continue their education.

That the Manheim-State College pipeline is not a one-way thoroughfare became apparent Tuesday night as a notable member of the Penn State family became a Baron.

The Manheim Central School Board Tuesday night approved the hiring of former Penn State wrestling coach Troy Sunderland to lead Manheim's high school wrestling program.

Sunderland, who stepped down in April after leading the Nittany Lion program for 11 years, replaces Shane Mack, who resigned to accept a teaching position in the Derry Township School District.

A 1993 Penn State grad, Sunderland coached the Lions to a 115-90-2 dual meet record and directed four top-10 finishes at the NCAA Division I championships.

The Lions' best team finish at Nationals under Sunderland came in 2008 when they placed third overall.

In his 11 years as the head coach Sunderland had three individual NCAA champions, 25 All-Americans — including a pair of L-L alums, two-time NCAA runner-up Aaron Anspach (Columbia) and NCAA runner-up Pat Cummins (Warwick) — and seven Big-10 champions.

Named the 1999 "Rookie Coach of the Year" by Amateur Wrestling News, Sunderland was also recognized as the 2003 Big-10 Coach of the Year.

A two-time PIAA champion at Mt. Union High School, the McVeytown native was a three-time All-American, and two-time NCAA runner-up for Penn State, winning 100 individual matches.

He was the Outstanding Wrestler of the 1993 Big-10 Championships, winning the 150-pound title, and also won the Eastern Wrestling League 150-pound title in 1992, Penn State's last year affiliated with the EWL.

He led the Lions to a second-place finish at the 1993 NCAA tournament — PSU's highest-ever — as a senior and returned to State College that Fall as an assistant to his college coach, John Fritz.

After three years, Sunderland took a similar position at the United States Naval Academy, returning to "Happy Valley" as Fritz's replacement in 1998.

Sunderland, whose wife JoAnn was hired by the district as the In-School Suspension Monitor at the high school, was on vacation Tuesday and was unavailable for comment.

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