Former Locust Valley High School wrestling coach Douglas Axman has been selected for induction into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame. He will receive the Lifetime Service Award for his dedication to the sport and his successes as an athlete and coach. The induction ceremony will be held in the spring of 2017.
Axman was the head varsity wrestling coach at Locust Valley High School from 1988-2007. Prior to that he was the assistant varsity coach for 14 years, working with Hall of Fame coach Matt Sanzone. Together, they coached eight state champions, five All-State wrestlers, 17 county champions and 30 All-County wrestlers. Their 1979 team became New York State Champions, Nassau County Tournament Champions and Nassau County Dual Meet Champions. Their 1985 team also became Nassau County Tournament Champions. His overall record as a head coach in Locust Valley was 140-125-3. He coached seven team champions, four All-State wrestlers, 17 county champions and 30 All-County Wrestlers. Axman was also a teacher and administrator at the high school during those years. He is currently the assistant varsity wrestling coach at Oyster Bay High School, where he is still helping to produce champions.
Prior to coaching, Axman wrestled for the Farmingdale State College at under coach Robert Hartman and at the College at Brockport under coach Don Murray. Outside of school, Axman served as the president of the Nassau County Wrestling Coaches Association, as the Section VIII representative to the New York State Public High School Athletic Association, as a member of the Nassau County Tournament Committee, County Dinner Committee and Dinner Chairperson and Scholarship Committee among others. He served as the director of the All-American Wrestling Camp and associate director of Competitive Edge Wrestling Camp.
Axman said that receiving the Lifetime Service Award is a tremendous honor for him. “Wrestling has been my life, so to be rewarded for that means so much.” He said what pleases him the most is that he has coached so many wrestlers to a high level of performance. “At Locust Valley, most of the time we had tremendous success.”
Joseph Enea, who was coached by Axman and then worked as his assistant coach, said nobody is more deserving of this honor. He explained how Axman has had a profound impact on the young men he has coached. “He is a knowledgeable coach who always got the most out of his wrestlers,” Enea said. “While success on the mat was always important to him, he was also determined to turn his wrestlers into hard working and successful adults. I have learned a great deal from Doug Axman and continue to seek his advice, not just about wrestling but in all aspects if life as well.”
The District congratulates Doug Axman on this tremendous honor and thanks him for coaching so many of its wrestlers to such high levels of success.