Nassau High School Coaching Legends
Ted Petersen dedicated his life to kids.
Ted Petersen, varsity wrestling coach of Section 8's Island Trees Bulldogs,
was inducted into the New York State wrestling Hall of Fame during a ceremony
before the 1989 state finals. "The Coach" as he was simply referred to by the
many friends and athletes whose admiration and respect he earned, was a
community leader in his home town of Levittown. During the course of 33
years , he was a dedicated family man, physical education teacher, football,
baseball , wrestling coach and the director of a summer camp for school
children in the Adirondack Mountains.
into Coach Petersen's favorite sport. As a graduate of Cortland State
University in 1958 and having no previous experience with the sport, Petersen
took a job coaching the junior high wrestling team of his local school
district "because they needed a coach." He read books, pursued knowledgeable
coaches for their advice and even listened to his own young wrestlers to learn
the rules and techniques. He quickly developed his own theories and sought
out some of the finest clinicians in the country in a continuing effort to
keep abreast of the best and latest skills emerging in the rapidly advancing
sport of amateur wrestling.
In 27 years
as the Island Trees High School varsity coach, he compiled a team dual meet
record of 325 wins, 70 losses and 4 ties. His team won 20
Conference Championships, 3 Section 8 Championships, produced 22 individual
Section 8 Champions and 6 NYS Champions.
awards Petersen shunned the spotlight and preferred focusing his attention on
the many children and athletes whom he inspired and helped guide into
responsible and caring adults, living humbly and teaching his own personal
standards of excellence which is summed up by Petersen's favorite
motto..'"SEEK THE HIGHEST"
Nassau High School Coaching Legends - Ted Petersen