The department of athletics formally announced the addition of wrestling as a varsity sport on November 26, 2018 and he led the program through their inaugural season in 2019-20. D&E had no shortage of impressive accomplishments in the program’s first season, which included a dual meet win against Alderson Broaddus on November 1, 2019 in the team’s first-ever varsity competition. Additionally, Davis & Elkins had four individuals qualify for the 2020 NCAA DII Wrestling Championships before the event was cut short due to COVID-19.
Craig Cook, Clifton Ruggiero, Noah Tarr and Kyle Wojtaszek preformed well all season long in 2019-20 and earned a trip to Nationals for D&E on February 29, 2020. The Senators had seven athletes earn academic recognition from the National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) for 2019-20.
A native of Marlton, NJ, Boland started wrestling in seventh grade for the Washington Township junior program. He attended Camden Catholic High School for three years (freshman, sophomore, and senior). He spent his junior year at Amador Valley High School in Pleasanton, California. A two-year captain, his combined high school wrestling achievements include three district titles, two region titles, and four trips to the state tournament. While only placing one time in the state tournament, his only losses came to wrestlers who placed no lower than 3rd in the tournament – two state champions, a runner up, and two third-place finishers. His senior year tournament came one match shy of a storybook ending. He began his run with a 14-5 decision in the round of 32 before upending two undefeated wrestlers to reach the state semifinals, where he dropped 16-12 decision to a two-time state champion. His career culminated with a fourth place finish and a record of 128-15-4. He graduated from Camden Catholic in 1994.
Jerry continued his education at Lycoming College in Williamsport, PA. He graduated in 1998 with a BA in psychology and a certification in Elementary Education. In 2010, Jerry earned a Master’s Degree from Grand Canyon University in Educational Administration with a 4.0 GPA. While at Lycoming, he was a four-year letter winner, two-year captain, three-time MAC place-winner, and a two-time NCAA tournament qualifier. The highlight of his collegiate career was in 1997 when he earned All-American status by finishing fifth in the national tournament at 118 lbs. He finished his career with 98 victories. He was also a captain of Lycoming’s only undefeated team in 1997 when they went 22-0 and captured the National Dual Championship. His senior year was altered when the weight class changed from 118 to 125 in the middle of the season. Ranked as high as #3 in the country at 118, he came one match away from a second All-American status at 125 lbs. In 2006, he was inducted into Lycoming College’s Athletic Hall of Fame.
Coach Boland began his coaching career immediately after graduating college as a member of the legendary Gary Papa’s staff at Camden Catholic. During his five years as an assistant at CCHS he coached four state championship teams and three individual state champions. Jerry then spent a year as an assistant coach at Shawnee before going to Cinnaminson in 2004 for his first head coaching position. In 2008, he returned to the Camden Catholic as the head coach.
In his seven seasons as head coach of the Pirates and Fighting Irish, Boland’s teams have compiled a record of 144-38. His teams have captured four conference titles, three district titles, three South Jersey sectional championships, and three New Jersey State Championships. Jerry earned Burlington County Coach of the Year honors twice in his four year tenure at Cinnaminson. He has coached 23 district champions, nine region champions, 23 state qualifiers, 12 state place winners and three state champions.
In 2011, Jerry stepped away from the coaching scene at the high school level for professional reasons and to be closer to his family. However from 2012-2019, he served as a high school varsity official and a USA club certified coach. In his short time as an official, he had been selected to officiate the state tournament, five times. In 2016, Boland was inducted into the prestigious South Jersey Wrestling Hall of Fame.
Boland’s professional experience includes 20 years as an educator in the state of New Jersey. Eleven of those as a classroom teacher and nine years as a school administrator. After long discussions with his family, he decided it was time to pursue his passion as a coach as the sport’s highest level.
Jerry and his wife, Michelle, reside in Elkins with their four sons, Gavin, Caden, Brennan, and Owen. Michelle is a science teacher at Elkins High School.
What others are saying about Jerry
Mike Moyer – NWCA Executive Director
“I want to congratulate the Davis & Elkins administration for selecting a phenomenal coach to lead their newly established men’s wrestling program. Coach Boland is one of an elite group of coaches to receive a full scholarship to attend our prestigious NWCA CEO Leadership Academy. The Senators wrestling program is in great hands.”
Jack Spates – Former University of Oklahoma Head Coach
“Davis & Elkins has hit a home run. Jerry Boland is a coach with great expertise and incredible passion for our sport and for young people. Look for great things to come from this program.”
John Hangey – Rider University Head Coach
“Jerry has always wanted to be a college head wrestling coach. He has tremendous passion and knowledge for the sport. He will be a great leader for the student athletes and wrestling program at Davis & Elkins College.”
Gary Papa – National Wrestling Hall of Fame member; Camden County College Head Coach
“I have had the unique pleasure of knowing Jerry Boland as a student/athlete, member of my coaching staff, and as a friend. I was the Head Wrestling Coach at Jerry’s alma mater, Camden Catholic, when he competed in high school, and later on, when his college days were over, I was fortunate enough to have Jerry as an assistant coach on my staff at CCHS. I have always found Jerry to be one of my hardest working, dedicated, wrestlers and he brought the same work ethic to my coaching staff. Jerry is a true family man and a great friend that you can always count on to make the right decisions and do the right thing. I congratulate Davis & Elkins for their foresight in naming Jerry Boland as their new Head Wrestling Coach.”