Nashua – The Daniel Webster College department of athletics has announced that John Archambeau has been named the head coach of the College's new varsity wrestling program. The announcement was made by Director of Athletics Chris Gilmore.
"I'm very pleased to welcome John to the Daniel Webster athletics family," said Gilmore. "He possesses a terrific acumen and has shown terrific enthusiasm to take on the challenge of building our wrestling program from the ground up. He is a true teacher of the sport and has the passion and knowledge we were looking for. With his guidance, we look forward to establishing a consistently winning program over the coming seasons."
" I am excited to be a part of a new first year program in the world's oldest sport and thank President Diffily and Mr. Gilmore for giving me this amazing opportunity," said Archambeau, who begins his duties immediately. "It is a very unique, once in a lifetime experience. I am also very excited be able to coach at the college level and do everything I can to ensure the student-athletes grow and develop on and off the mat to reach their fullest potential."
"My first year I want to get as many incoming freshman and students already attending DWC to participate in this program to help it become a success from the start," Archambeau. "I want to establish early on that the top goals for our athletes is to get a quality education, and to be successful in the classroom and on the wrestling mat, which I know will happen through hard work, commitment, and dedication."
Archambeau is a native of Ludlow, Mass. and comes to DWC having spent the past two and a half years as a graduate assistant coach with Springfield College, where he also wrestled as a college athlete, graduating in 2011.
Over the past two seasons, Archambeau has helped coach an annual average of 40 student-athletes and the program's success has been marked by 13 NCAA Division III all-regional honorees, eight national qualifiers, four All Americans, two Academic All-Americans, and one national champion. As a team, Springfield finished first in 2013 at the New England Wrestling Association's (NEWA) Conference dual meet and placed second in 2014.
A member of both the National Wrestling Coaches Association and National High School Coaches Association, Archambeau owns a bachelor of science in Movement and Sport Studies with a minor in Health Education and Athletic Coaching, and will complete his Master of Science degree in Advanced Physical Education Licensure Pedagogy this May.
Archambeau excelled for the Pride as an undergraduate, earning NEWA All-Conference honors in both 2010 and 2011 and captained the 2011 squad to the NEWA conference title.
While an undergrad, Archambeau assisted his alma mater of Ludlow High School where he was a four-time state finalist and two-time state champion (2004, 2006). He coached both wrestling and track & field while serving as strength and conditional coach over four seasons and spent one season as assistant coach at West Springfield High.
Archambeau also holds the rank of Second Lieutenant in the United States Air Force in the 42nd Aerial Port Squadron. He graduated from 2T2 Air Transportation as the top graduate of his class in 2008 and has served his country for five years which has included two tours in Afghanistan.
Daniel Webster announced the addition of wrestling as its 15th varsity program this past February. The program will compete as a NCAA Division III independent while seeking conference affiliation in the near future.