Coach Mellino just completed his 31st year coaching the RAMS, his 26th as varsity coach. Since arriving at North, he has coached 3 All-State wrestlers, 16 state qualifiers, 6 Section I Champions, 20 Section finalists, 36 Rockland County Champions, 51 Division Champions, and 17 JV Section I Champions. Along with these wrestling accomplishments, he also created the Clarkstown North Varsity and JV Wrestling Tournaments, the Clarkstown North Youth Wrestling Club, and the annual Clarkstown North Youth Wrestling Tournament. For the past 31 years, Coach Mellino has been a middle school social studies teacher and has also coached the middle school and high school soccer teams for 28 years.
Coach Murphy completed his 11th season coaching at North. Coach Murphy is the prime driver in the off-season working to organize all our Spring, Summer, and Fall workouts so the RAMS hit the ground running once the official season begins. While an athlete for the RAMS, Coach Murphy was All-Section, a 2X Division Champion, and a Rockland County Champion. As a coach, he has guided 7 RAMS to NYS Wildcard births, 24 Division titles, 11 Rockland County titles, and 12 JV Section I Champions. Coach Murphy also organizes and runs both the North Spring and Fall mat clubs, as well as accompanying team members to off-season clubs and competitions. Coach Murphy is currently a special education teacher in NYC.
Coach Mellino is one of the most accomplished coaches in New York State. As a wrestling coach at perennial power West Islip High School in Suffolk County, Long Island, Coach Mellino retired after 40 seasons (32 as the varsity coach) with 312 career wins which made him the 3rd winningest coach in Section XI history. Coach Mellino coached 4 individual NY State champions, had 8 other All-State wrestlers, coached 11 Section XI champions, and his 1986 team finished the year as the #2 ranked team in New York State. Due to his prolific coaching career, he was inducted into both the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2006 and the New York State Wrestling Coaches Hall of Fame in 2009.
Coach Winrow completed his eighth season with the Rams. Coach Winrow has been instrumental in working with our wrestlers during the off-season getting them ready for the grind of the winter season. As a high school wrestler in NJ, he was named to the All-League and All-County teams three times while wrestling at Northern Valley Demarest High School. Coach went onto wrestle at Division I Syracuse University for 4 years where he was a member of two EIWA championship teams, having wrestled in the EIWA conference tournament twice. While at Syracuse, coach had the opportunity to wrestle in the Rockozcy Cup during the summer of 1993 which took place in Budapest, Hungary. Coach Winrow is a retired NYPD officer who is currently substitute teaching in the Clarkstown CSD.
Coach John Roden joined the North staff full time last season after previously being one of the coaches in the RAMS Youth Wrestling program. Since the conclusion of 2022-2023 season, Coach Roden has worked all Summer and Fall at our off-season sessions to prepare the RAMS for another winning campaign. Coach Roden was a 2X NCAA All-American at Springfield College having taken a 4th and a 2nd in the national tournaments. Coach Roden was also a 3X Academic All-American as well during this time at Springfield. As a high school athlete, Coach Roden took 5th place in the New York State tournament.
Coach Jack Granata also joined the North staff full time last season after previously being the head wrestling coach in our RAMS Youth Wrestling program. Along with Coaches Roden, Murphy, and Winrow, he too has been training the RAMS during the off-season to prepare them for excellence on the mats this season. Coach Granata is a former North High School wrestler who was a team MOW, a Rockland County and Divisional Champion and upon graduation was #1 in career wins and #1 in career pins for North. Coach Granata went on to become North's only NCAA All-American when he took 5th place for Hunter College in the 1998 national tournament.