- Brandon Cain
Beat the Streets New York's Barry Hart lands New Jersey City University women's head coach job
The BTSNY alumnus leaves the organization after two impactful years as head boys coach.
Beat the Streets New York and Barry Hart will mutually part ways, the BTSNY Board of Directors and Executive Director Brendan Buckley announced Wednesday.
Hart will remain in his role as BTSNY's head boys coach through the month of July before transitioning to head women's wrestling coach at New Jersey City University. He spent the past two seasons as a part-time assistant coach at NJCU.
Hart has served as BTSNY's head boys coach since 2020 after being in various roles as an office intern, volunteer coach and program associate. He participated in BTSNY programs while he wrestled for George W. Wingate High School in Brooklyn, where he was a two-time Public School Athletic League (PSAL) finalist and New York City's Mayor's Cup champion.
"Beat the Streets has been a huge resource in my life since I was a student-athlete," Hart said. "I am forever grateful for the opportunities of growth the organization has provided me. It was a pleasure working with the kids, coaches and alumni."
Hart, a 2017 Hunter College graduate with a bachelor of science in sociology, wrestled collegiately for four years. He earned NJCAA All-Academic team honors at Niagara County Community College before competing for two years at Hunter College.
"Barry Hart has done an exemplary job in every role he has served at Beat the Streets from student-athlete to alum to volunteer to program assistant and eventually as head coach," Buckley said. "His passion and commitment to BTS has been contagious to all of us that worked with him. He has mentored so many boys and girls. While he will be sorely missed, we couldn't be happier for him and the terrific opportunity that is presented to him.
"Fortunately for us, he will remain involved with BTS and actively engaged with our alumni as well as having NJCU serve as another home for our female student athletes that wish to wrestle in college."
Buckley and BTSNY Director of Programming Bob Seidel will begin a search for a new boys coach immediately.
Since being founded in 2005, Beat the Streets New York has pioneered a movement that now includes 150 individual wrestling programs, a youth league and the first girls high school league.
BTSNY works to develop the full human and athletic potential of the urban youth and strengthen the New York City wrestling culture. We aim to make a lifelong impact on student athletes through the lessons learned on the wrestling mat -- discipline, perseverance, self-reliance, humility and a strong work ethic.