Wrestling Team Staff
Josh Thornton Tim Maple Roy Foley Eric Hall
Head Wrestling Assistant Coach Volunteer Coach Volunteer Coach
Meet the Wrestling Team Staff
]As we begin the 2017-2018 school session we wanted to introduce the new Pasco High School Wrestling Staff. A group of experienced coaches, led by former professional athlete and longtime coach Josh Thornton, will be leading our young athletes into a new and promising season. Our coaching philosophy of building well rounded students will be shown through teaching hard work, discipline, character building, learning respect and responsibility. These values will permeate through all aspects of their lives. Each of our coaches has the skills and experience to build these values in your child. Through extensive conditioning, nutrition and thorough wrestling technique, the athletes will build a base that is second to none. We look forward to working with your student and preparing them for the next steps in life.
Meet the Pasco High School Wrestling Team Staff
Head Wrestling Coach-Josh Thornton
Josh Thornton is a former professional cyclist and a personal coach for over 10 years. His character, discipline, ability to motivate and his ability to develop winners have made him excel in life and in sport. His lifelong commitment to fitness/health started with his love of martial arts, boxing and kickboxing. Josh really excelled in endurance sports and quickly rose to National Team level, became National Champion and moved to the Olympic Training Center all before the age of 18. After 5 years racing in Europe with the national team, he turned professional and he raced professionally for 10 years. After his professional retirement he turned to coaching and managing. His leadership, ability to read and motivate athletes has made his motto, Athlete’s first, winning will follow, very true. His experience and communication skills will propel Pasco Wrestling forward.
Assistant Coach- Tim Maple
Tim Maple started his wrestling career in 1987 at Delton High School in Michigan. He then moved to Florida and wrestled Varsity for Pasco High School 1988-1990 and became Pasco High’s first state placer. After high school he was a U.S. Navy Veteran from 1990-1997 where he wrestled for Great Lakes Naval Station Team. Tim has been a coach in San Antonio’s Dixie Youth League from 2001 to present and has been a Volunteer Wrestling Coach at Pasco High School for the last 7 years. Tim also started the Pasco Predators Club Team and has prepared them to wrestle at national level events. We look forward to Tim’s wrestling knowledge, expertise and his ability to motivate young student athletes.
Volunteer Coach- Roy Foley
Roy Foley started wrestling at the age of 10. He wrestled under the guidance of Russ Cozart and attended many Jay Robinson camps as a child. He graduated in 1992 from Brandon High School and was a varsity member of their record holding wrestling team. After high school he graduated from University of Florida with a degree in Micro-Biology. Roy always knew that coaching was going to be part of his life, and was contacted in 1997 to coach the Durant High School Wrestling Team where he coached for 3 years. He currently has his own business coaching athletes of many disciplines including rowers, cyclists, and MMA fighters. His passion for the sport of wrestling has always been present and knows that the sport has shaped him into the person that he is today. He is excited to bring his knowledge to Pasco High School’s Wrestling Team.
Volunteer Coach-Eric Hall
Eric Hall is a Pasco High School alumni graduating in 1997. After high school he enlisted into the U.S. Army, 1997-2000, Eric was a member of the 82nd Airborne Paratroop Division. In 1999 he was part of Operation Allied Forces: Kosovo. After the Army he attended the University of Tampa and received his B.S. in Exercise Science and Sports Studies (2007). Eric is a former 3 time All Conference collegiate cross-country, track runner and a former professional triathlete. Eric was the Strength and Conditioning Coach at University of Tampa from 2004-2014. He has developed and implemented fitness and injury prevention programs designed for all Varsity Sports to include: National Champions Baseball (2006, 2007, and 2013), 2007 National Champions Women’s Soccer, and 2006 National Champions Volleyball. Drawing from his military experience, Eric instills discipline and hard work to push his clients to achieve their goals in all of his training sessions. He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist with continued success and proven results through his business AWOL Performance. We are excited to have him working with the Pasco high School Wrestling Team