Matthew Wernikoff | Mathew Wernikoff
Coach Matt grew up in Monroe, NY and wrestled for Monroe-Woodbury High School. Monroe is perennially a state ranked team and was a state championship team in 2001. Coach Wernikoff competed locally and abroad in Freestyle and his real passion Greco-Roman Wrestling. He is generally considered one of the best youth wrestling coaches in the country. In 2014 he recieved the National High School Coaches Association (NHSCA) _Award. This prestigious award is given to those who have shown exemplary leadership and guidance to athletes in their program and out.
After high school Matthew Wernikoff started coaching in Section 1 NY as an assistant coach at Peekskill City School district where he helped coach the programs first state qualifier in over ten years. From there Mathew moved on to Woodlands High School, a small school in Westchester county, where he served as the Co-Head Coach and then the Head Coach. He produced 4 of the schools 5 100 career wins earners, 5 Section Champions, an All-State Wrestler, several NCAA recruits and many All-Section and All-League wrestlers.
Coach Matthew Wernikoff also was the State director for the NHSCA and ran the NHSCA National Team for 5 years.With over 10 years of experience working with kids Matthew Wernikoff brings a sound fundamental approach to his teaching and is able to motivate athletes of any age. He is also responsible for organizing the Apex travel teams.
Coach Mathew Wernikoff is also a Renzo Gracie Blue Belt under Jamal Patterson and competes regularly in Jiu Jitsu tournaments.