Long-time New Providence Wrestling Head Coach in Danger of Losing Position

New Providence wrestling head coach Gary Bremer gives senior Dan Kourakos last minute advice during the NJSIAA State Tournament in early March.  Credits: Alli Lamhing

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – Pioneer varsity wrestling coach Gary Bremer will face the toughest match of his storied career on Monday.

According to multiple sources, Bremer’s position of head varsity wrestling coach at New Providence High School is in jeopardy and will be voted on at Monday’s Board of Education meeting.

The 30-year head coach, who sent two wrestlers to the state championship weekend in early March, was told last Tuesday that his status was in danger during a meeting with New Providence superintendent David Miceli on Tuesday, according to a message sent to the New Providence community from Bremer’s wife Jenn.

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Two sources confirmed to TAPinto New Providence that the meeting with Miceli, as well as pending Board of Education vote, stems from an incident that occurred at February’s District 12 tournament at South Plainfield High School.

During the 160-pound championship match, senior wrestler Dan Kourakos suffered a broken nose. Kourakos went on to win the match and advance to the Region 3 tournament the following weekend.

Leading up to the region tournament, Kourakos received treatment for his injury, including surgery to repair the broken bone.  According to sources, while Kourakos wore a mask provided by his parents after suffering the injury, no formal documents were presented to the high school’s nurse clearing him for participation.

Members of the wrestling team and the New Providence student body showed their support for Bremer during school on Friday. The wrestlers all wore their uniforms and warm-ups throughout the day, while signs were also passed out but later removed because they weren’t pre-approved, another source said.

New Providence Athletic Director Robert Harmer could not be reached for comment. There is also no indication of the vote on the agenda for tonight’s meeting.

According to two sources, a group of New Providence wrestling supporters will be meeting tonight at 7:15 p.m. in the student parking lot to lead a friendly protest at the meeting in the high school’s media center.

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