CRANFORD, NJ - Former Charger head wrestling coach is taking his coaching skills to the collegiate level. John Denuto has been tapped to head up the new wrestling program at Union County College this winter. Denuto is a long time high school wrestling coach in the Garden State.

“We are excited to announce John Denuto as the head coach of our new wrestling program," said Union County College Dean of College Life Tammy Smith. "This is a dynamic addition to our intercollegiate sports lineup and Coach Denuto will be an integral part of shaping this program. Given wrestling’s popularity in New Jersey, offering this sport will attract more students to Union. We are proud to offer our student-athletes the opportunity to compete at the collegiate level.”

Denuto, a math teacher at Sayreville War Memorial High School, has spent time developing wrestling programs at several high schools, including Spotswood. The Kean University alum came on board with the Spotswood High School wrestling program in 2012 after a successful run as Sayreville's mat coach from 2005 through 2009. One of Denuto's teams won a Greater Middlesex Conference title during his time as a coach for the Bombers. Sayreville was ranked in the top 10 in Denuto's last season with Sayreville.

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For the past three seasons, Denuto has been an assistant wrestling coach at St. Joseph Regional High School in Montvale. Over the years, Denuto has been an assistant or head wrestling coach at Clark, Pennsville and Camden Catholic High Schools in addition to Sayreville and Spotswood. He has accumulated 145 career wins.

During his time at St. Joseph's, Denuto had a hand in developing the once struggling wrestling team into one of the top 10 wrestling teams in the Garden State.