GEORGETOWN — A long road of coaching destinations has brought first-year wrestling head coach Ryan Archambault full-circle to where his career originally began.
Archambault may just be starting his first year as the head coach of the Georgetown-Ipswich wrestling program, but his coaching philosophies have already been applied at several different locations. He began at Georgetown, but after the program was canceled, was forced to look elsewhere for opportunities. Archambault then set his sights on Triton, where he was an assistant coach with the Vikings for six years working under head coach Shawn McElligott.
“I had an unbelievable experience at Triton,” Archambault said. “Really, had it not been for Coach Mac and the school itself and the boosters, I’m not sure if this opportunity would have ever arisen. My experience at Triton under the tutelage of Coach McElligott has prepared me to take this (Georgetown-Ipswich) team forward.”
When told of the praises offered by his former assistant coach, McElligott turned the attention back on Archambault and his drive to mentor kids in wrestling.
“He was going to be a fantastic coach whether I said anything or not,” McElligott said. “He has the knowledge and a great rapport with the kids. I helped him with paperwork and expectations, things he never went through before, but he’s ready to be a head coach. If he didn’t get a coaching job with Georgetown, I have no doubt that he would have elsewhere.”
Along with his ability working, improving and teaching kids, Archambault brought a unique feature to the Triton coaching staff: his size. Because of his larger size, he was able to work on a more direct level with the kids.
“Coach Arch worked one-on-one with a lot of our bigger guys and helped them have a lot of success,” McElligott said. “Individually, he did a lot of conditioning every day with the kids. He had a major impact on our success in the past eight years.”