Chris Schrauwen is the current head coach at the NCWC. He began his wrestling career back in 2003, competing for the NCWC as well as Colonel By's high school team. After graduating from Colonel By in 2005, Chris coached his former high school team while pursuing a degree in engineering at Carleton University. He found he had a passion for coaching wrestling, and that became his focus post-high school.
After several years of running Colonel By's high school program and coaching at the NCWC, Chris took over as the club's head coach in 2012. He prides himself on being a strategist, enjoying the challenge of analyzing wrestlers and creating game plans. In 2019, Chris was upgraded to Competition-Development certification status and is currently the only coach in the Ottawa area to be certified at this international level. He also attended the 2019 Cadet World Championships as part of Team Canada's coaching squad. Chris prides himself on continuous improvement as a coach and has ambitious goals to develop the Ottawa area into a powerhouse in wrestling.
Chris currently works as a professional corrosion engineer, primarily dealing with watermains and fuel lines. He also boasts a brief modelling career as the poster boy for Carleton Engineering, an undefeated amateur MMA career, and the occasional appearance as a star shortstop in beginner softball circuits.
Sarah Stringer started wrestling with Colonel By High School in 2004, and has been with the NCWC since 2005. After graduating high school in 2008, she spent several years coaching the Colonel By and Canterbury High School teams as well as at the NCWC, while attending Carleton University. She transferred to the University of Guelph for her last two years of school, competing for the Guelph team from 2013-2015, and completing a psychology degree.
After graduating from Guelph, Sarah returned to Ottawa and resumed coaching at the NCWC. She currently serves as the president and webmaster of the club, in addition to coaching.
Kelsey Dayler is the head coach of the NCWC youth program. She came in with many years of experience, having helped coach elementary school programs and club youth teams since she was in high school.
Kelsey joined the sport in grade seven, when she began wrestling at her local elementary school. After that, she wrestled for the Mariposa Wrestling Club and Midland High School from grades 9-12. She then went on to compete for the varsity program at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Ontario, where she got a degree in kinesiology.
Sarah wrestled for Bell High School in Ottawa, before attending Lakehead University, where she competed on their varsity wrestling and running teams. She graduated from Lakehead in 2008, and then spent an eight-year period intermittently training and assistant coaching at the NCWC, while travelling, working, and studying all over the world. In 2016, she settled in Ottawa and took a more committed role as a coach at the NCWC.
In addition to wrestling, Sarah has done a lot of movement-related activities such as Capoeira, rock climbing, acroyoga, and streetworkout. She uses these skills to lead the team in dynamic warmups and stretching. You can find her at practice on Monday nights, and often at tournaments with the team.
Peter Shannon wrestled for his elementary school, high school, and the local wrestling club in Thunder Bay until graduating high school in 2013. He then competed for Queen's University from 2013-2018, where he earned a Master's Degree in economics. Peter trained with the NCWC during summer internships in Ottawa in 2014 and 2016, before settling permanently in Ottawa in September 2018.
In addition to serving as a coach at the NCWC, Peter continues to compete at senior tournaments and is the NCWC's reigning hill sprint champion.
Matt McCarlie is the head coach of the NCWC Russell program. He started wrestling in 1998 with both the Scotia Scrappers Wrestling Club and his local high school, before attending the University of New Brunswick (UNB) in 2004, where he competed as a varsity wrestler. After graduating from UNB with an engineering degree, he moved to Ottawa for work and put wrestling on hold while his young family grew. Now, with two young boys, he has committed to giving back to the sport and his community through the NCWC Russell program.
Dean Sherratt has participated in the National Capital Wrestling Club since 2002 and served as the club president for over a decade, where he ensured that the club ran well and fulfilled its mandate to encourage the development of the sport of amateur wrestling in Ottawa-Carleton. Prior to joining the club Dean also ran the Boston Union Wrestling Club from 1997-2002. He is a lawyer and foreign service officer at the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD).
Dean has recently taken a step back from running things at the NCWC, but continues in his role as treasurer and remains passionate about seeing individuals and the community develop in a positive way through the club.
Mike Smith wrestled for the NCWC and St. Pius High School, and then for Western University before returning to Ottawa to begin coaching the NCWC in 2000. He is the technical director of the club and our most senior coach. In his professional capacity as a lawyer, he has also worked as an athlete’s representative at the Olympics and Commonwealth Games.
Dante Vecchio’s wrestling career started when he was in grade 9, when a dedicated coach by the name of Tom Mastantuono started a wrestling program in Dante’s first year of high school. In 1985, he became a founding member of the Kingston and Area Wrestling club. In 1987, Dante was part of another program started by Tom where he and several wrestlers would take what they learned from the club and teach at elementary schools in Kingston. One of those schools is where two-time Olympian Paul Ragusa was first discovered.
After graduating from computer engineering, Dante moved to Ottawa for work. He put wrestling on hold until his son Matthew showed an interest. Since then, he's been part of the National Capital Wrestling Club.