Suffolk High School Coaching Legends
Henry "Lonnie" Kittle
Henry "Lonnie" Kittle coached Amityville High School from 1932-47.
His teams won seven county championships. Only two coaches have won
more titles. During his 15 year stint at Amityville the team
compiled a record of 107-20-1. Eight of these losses were suffered
in his first year at the helm. Nine others were at the hands of
powerful Mepham and legendary coach Frank "Sprig" Gardner.
teams enjoyed five undefeated seasons and 34 of his boys won Suffolk
titles. Kittle started the Amityville program on the stage of the
Park South gym. The wrestlers practiced on two 5 x 10 mats covered
with an old sail canvas. Later the team would be moved to the coal
bins in the basement of Park Avenue North when the school was changed
over to oil heat.
Kittle was never paid for his coaching since it
was considered part of his teaching responsibilities. Following the
1947 season Lonnie Kittle was named principal of Amityville High
School. He was inducted into the New York State Wrestling Hall of
Fame in 1974.
Source: Andy Slawson, Suffolk County wrestling historian.