Kahnawake Survival School Introduces New Wrestling Coaching Staff

Kahnawake Survival School Introduces New Wrestling Coaching Staff

The Kahnawake Survival School (KSS) would like to inform the community that a new coaching staff has been selected to lead the renowned KSS wrestling program. Effective immediately, new Head Coach Garrett Jacobs will lead the KSS wrestling team. Jacobs is only the fourth head coach in the wrestling program’s 35-year history. Associate Head Coach Ryan P. Rice, Assistant Coach Jonathan Rice, and volunteer Assistant Coach Kanerahtiio Hemlock will join Jacobs in leading the team.

“I am honored to have the opportunity to lead one of the most accomplished high school wrestling programs in the country,” Jacobs stated. “Growing up watching, and then eventually wrestling at KSS, I have great memories of the large crowds at the old KSS gym and watching head coach David Canadian lead the team to championship after championship. That’s the level of success and excitement that I’ll be looking to bring back to the KSS wrestling program."

As competitors, the new KSS coaching staff has earned 15 individual GMAA gold medals among them, in addition to having a wealth of experience in national competition. Assistant coach Jonathan Rice has won national gold medals at every age group that he competed in throughout his wrestling career, including a Canada Games gold medal in 1997.
New Associate Head Coach Ryan Rice is confident that the new coaching staff possesses the work ethic and expertise to prepare current and future KSS wrestlers for all levels of competition. “We also share the belief that it has been far too long since KSS won their last GMAA boys team championship (2011), and we fully expect to build our wrestling program into a contender on a national level such as it was in the mid-90s”, stated Rice.

Jacobs adds, “The road to reviving the KSS wrestling program and returning it to a position of dominance will be a long and difficult one. It will require countless hours of hard work and dedication from our coaching staff. However, we look forward to the challenge, and we look forward to working with the current KSS administration with the goal of creating the best possible academic and athletic environment for our young student athletes.”

KSS Principal Jackie Leclaire is looking forward to positive outcomes from the new coaching staff. “This is a great opportunity to have role models who have graduated from KSS to combine their own academic and sports achievements to support both sport and academic success for all wrestling team members,” stated Leclaire.

For more information, contact:
Garrett Jacobs
Head Coach 
Kahnawake Survivial School Wrestling
Ryan Rice
Associate Head Coach
Kahnawake Survivial School Wrestling