DHS Wrestling Staff Profiles

Last Updated: December 21, 2016

RICK SHOOK - HEAD COACH (1999-Present)

After completing a tremendously successful college wrestling career at Central Connecticut State University, Rick became Danbury High School's Assistant Varsity Coach in 1988. After 11 years in that capacity, Rick assumed the position of Head Coach for the 1999-2000 season. He has continued to guide the team in its winning ways, through the 2015-2016 season posting a 324-19 win/loss record during his tenure as Head Coach, and guiding the team to multiple FCIAC, LL and OPEN team titles in those years. Rick wrestled for Danbury High School and his 58-5 high school win/loss record speaks for itself. Rick was a 2X FCIAC Champion and a State LL Champion in his senior year. In his final year at Central Connecticut State University, Rick was team captain and MVW, posting a 17-10 record en route to a third place finish at 118 pounds in the Division I Eastern Regionals. He also finished third in the Division II Eastern Regionals during his junior year. Rick graduated from Central in 1987, with a B.S. in Management.

Coaching Honors:

State Class LL Head Coach of the Year - 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2016

State Class LL Assistant Coach of the Year - 1997, 1998, 1999

CT Assistant Coach of the Year - 1999

CT Head Coach of the Year - 2000, 2007

Doc McInerney Male Coach of the Year - 2008

National Wrestling Coaches Association, CT Coach of the Year - 2007-08

National High School Athletic Coach Association, Finalist - 2008-09

All-Area Coach of the Year - 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006

FCIAC Coach of the Year - 2004, 2005, 2012, 2014

FCIAC Winter Sport Coach of the Year - 2005, 2014

National Wrestling Hall of Fame, CT Chapter Inductee - 2013

Connecticut High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame Inductee - 2016

 

JAMES ASCONE - ASSISTANT COACH (2015-Present)

James is a former DHS wrestler, where he was FCIAC Champion and 3rd in CT State LL his junior year. Ascone went on to attend Western Connecticut State University where he received his Bachelor's Degree in Health Education. James is currently a Health Education teacher at Danbury High School.

Coaching Honors:

State Class LL Assistant Coach of the Year - 2016

 

GARY TILBE - ASSISTANT COACH (1999-2004, 2015-Present)

Gary is a former DHS wrestler with extensive coaching experience: Pomperaug HS - Head Coach (1984-1990), Fermi HS - Assistant Coach (1995-1999), Danbury HS - Assistant Coach (1999-2004), Nonnewaug HS - Assistant Coach (2007-2011, 2014)

Coaching Honors:

State Class LL Assistant Coach of the Year - 2002, 2004

State Class S Assistant Coach of the Year - 2009 (Nonnewaug)

CT Assistant Coach of the Year - 2002

NWCA Regional Assistant Coach of the Year - 2002

 

KEITH LYNCH - ASSISTANT COACH (2016-Present)

Keith completed a successful High School wrestling career at Danbury where he was a team captain, FCIAC Champion and 2X State LL Champion.

 

ABI SCUDDER - STRENGTH COACH (1992-Present)

Abi signed on with Danbury Wrestling in 1992 and the positive results of her contributions are evident in the improved physicality of the DHS team.  As an instructor, spotter and motivator she is an expert.   Abi's own personal accomplishments are very impressive.  She holds many  titles as a State Champion in power lifting in Connecticut (at 105 pounds) and has qualified for the Nationals many times.  In addition to her work with DHS wrestling, Abi has also served as a strength trainer for other power lifters, gymnasts and swimmers.  Over the past decade Abi has become an integral part of the success of Danbury's entire program.

 

MATT LASKOWSKI - ASSISTANT COACH (2005-2015)

Matt is a former DHS wrestler, where he placed 3rd in the FCIAC and 6th in the State LL his senior year. Matt went on to attend Springfield College where he received his Bachelor's Degree in Physical Education. Matt competed on Springfield's wrestling team during his Freshman year at 149 pounds. During his Junior year, Matt was hired as the assistant wrestling coach at South Hadley High School in Massachusetts. Currently an administrator in Stamford.

Coaching Honors:

State Class LL Assistant Coach of the Year - 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010

 

MIKE SILVESTRI - ASSISTANT COACH (2011-2013)

Mike completed a successful High School wrestling career at Danbury where he was a team captain, 2X FCIAC Champion, State LL Champion, State Open Champion and 2X New England Placer. Mike went on to attend Penn State University where he received his Bachelor's Degree.

 

NICK WEYER - ASSISTANT COACH (2008-2012)

Nick completed a successful High School wrestling career at Danbury where he was a team captain, 4X FCIAC Champion, 3X State LL Champion, State Open Champion and 2X New England Placer.