Sauquoit Valley Wrestling Club

SVI Wrestling Coaches

  • Dan Keating, Program Coordinator
    Coach Keating has 11 years coaching experience with Whitesboro High School, Section Three, 3 years coaching with Hermon-Dekalb High School, Section X, and spent 12 years as Director of Wrestling at Camp Kawanhee in Weld, Maine.

    He has 20 years of teaching experience with Oneida-Herkimer-Madison BOCES as an Alternative Education PE teacher. He is also NYS Certified as a School Guidance Counselor. He teaches a class once a day at Sauquoit Middle school with special education children.

    Coach Keating is a graduate of St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY. He is a three time national qualifier and in 1988 was one of five wrestlers who won the team Division III National Championship. Keating was a Section Three champion and a State place finisher with New Hartford High school.

    Coach Keating was coached by Section Three hall of famer Tom Pauley at New Hartford and National Coach of the year for St. Lawrence, John Clark. He has worked with many influential coaches including Olympians Gene Mills and Russ Hellickson.

    Please feel free to contact Coach Keating at any time. Email is recommended, dkeating@sviwrestling.com.
  • Frank Curriere, School Liaison
    A native of Utica, N.Y., Frank Curriere Jr. is well known as a baseball and wrestling coach in Oneida County. He came to Sauquoit Valley in the spring of 2007 and has been there ever since, previously serving as Athletic Director and currently as a Physical Education teacher. He graduated from Ballston Spa High School in 1998 where he excelled in and received many accolades for the sports of wrestling and baseball. In the fall of 1998 he enrolled at Mohawk Valley Community College and played baseball there before transferring to wrestle at SUNY Brockport in the fall of 1999.

    After college, Frank worked at Whitesboro Central School as an assistant wrestling coach until he accepted a job at New Hartford Central School as the JV coach in 2003. He then became the varsity wrestling coach from 2004 to 2006. In his second year he sent 11 of his 15 wrestlers to the sectional tournament and coached in the state championships. He left coaching in 2007 to pursue an Athletic Director position at Waterville Central School. He was there briefly before making the move to Sauquoit where he accepted the Athletic Director position.

    Mr. Curriere made the switch from Athletic Director to full time Physical Education teacher at Sauquoit Valley, where he also coaches varsity baseball. He and his wife, Laura, have three children: Lydia, Angelia, and Frank.

    Frank is well known in the greater athletic community from his involvement in coaching. His recent coaching resume includes seven years of wrestling (00-07) and over thirteen years of baseball (02-present). His baseball programs include an American Legion District 5 title, multiple CSC championships and Section 3 championships. Frank enjoys teaching sports, especially wrestling, because of the life lessons that can be learned and applied while being involved in the sport. He likes being active and enjoys the variety of people he has met and made friends with because of sports.

  • Darleen Philpots, Community Relations
    Darleen has been a Physical Education and Health teacher at Sauquoit Valley Middle School for the past 25 years.  During this time she has coached Varsity Volleyball for 18 years, Modified Soccer for 10 years or more, Modified Softball and presently Modified Track for the last 15 years.  Her goal as a PE teacher is to get as many students involved with sports as she can.  You will see her going to the student's lunches asking everyone if they signed up for a sport each sport season.

    She is married to Steve Philpotts, a former Sauquoit Valley wrestler and Sauquoit Valley Modified/Varsity Assistant wrestling coach.  Presently he coaches Varsity Boys and Girls Cross Country, Varsity Girls Track and is Assistant Herkimer/Sauquoit Wrestling Coach.   Darleen and Steve have three boys.  All boys are active in many different sports.  Their son TJ began wrestling in 3rd grade.  They have traveled to many youth wrestling tournaments in and out of New York State.  TJ has been exposed to many great youth wrestling coaches, practices and tournaments which gave him a strong foundation.  He is in 9th grade and in his 3rd year as a Varsity Wrestler.  Their oldest son Steven began wrestling when he was a sophomore and their youngest son Alex will be involved in Sauquoit's Youth Wrestling Program.  However they have all been wrestling in the living room since they were born!!

    Darleen is helping with the Sauquoit Valley Youth Wrestling Program because she has seen what wrestling can do for children.  Obviously wrestling develops a physically strong person, but it also teaches life lessons.  It teaches self confidence, discipline, mental toughness, personal control, competitiveness and sportsmanship.  No matter what your size or body type, there is a place for you in wrestling.  Weight classes ensure fairness.  Kids often wrestle around with each other testing their physical ability and strength-it's normal.  Life is faced with many decisions, getting involved with wrestling is one of the best decisions you could make.  Like any sport, what you get out of wrestling is determined by the effort you put into it!

  • Nathan Hanna, Financial Advisor
    Nathan grew up in New Hartford and was Section 3 Champion. Graduate of St. Lawrence University. Nathan is an Financial Advisor advising individuals, companies, and charitable organizations on Investment Strategies, Insurance, Tax and Estate Planning matters.

    Nathan resides in Sauquoit with his wife and two children.