Our Coaches


[from left to right: Kevin Randall, John Passarini, John Staulo, Pete Cameron]

[from left to right: Coach Alex, Coach Kevin & Coach Russo]

Kevin "Mad Dog" Randall is the founder and Director of the Mad Dog Wrestling Club. He wrestled at Waltham High School (1979-1981) where he was a 1981 State Champion, 2nd New England Champion. 1981-1983 he wrestled for Syracuse University Varsity team, where he placed 3rd at the Cornell Open. During the years of 1987-1994 he was an assistant & volunteer coach for Waltham High School . 2008-2011 he was a head coach/assistant coach for youth hockey. 2012 inductee : Waltham High School Athletic Hall of Fame.

Pete Cameron is the Assistant Director of the Mad Dog Wrestling Club. He wrestled for Waltham High School (1991-1994) and later at William & Mary College in Virginia. His accomplishments include State Champion, New England Champion & Tournament Outstanding Wrestler and All-American Status (4th place) at the High School Nationals in 1994. 2012 inductee: Waltham High School Athletic Hall of Fame.

Dr. John Passarini “Coach Pass” Newton South High School New England Wrestling Champion 1966, University of Connecticut Varsity Wrestling Team 1966-1970, Founded and Coached Waltham High School Wrestling (150-49-3) for thirteen years. He was inducted in the Massachusetts HS Wrestling Coaches Hall of Fame in 1986. From 1975-Present he is a strength conditioning and Weight control consultant to Eastern Mass HS Wrestling teams. In 2003 he was recognized as Disney Most Outstanding Teacher of the Year. Coach holds a BS in Physical Education, M.Ed in Health and P.E. Administration from Cambridge College, CAGS in Therapeutic Recreation from Boston University and a Ed.D in Special Education also from Boston University.

Kevin Russo Another Waltham High School varsity wrestling team veteran, 1981-1984. Coach Russo holds a Bachelor of Science in Sports/Fitness Administration & Sports Psychology from UMASS Boston 1988. In 1996 he received his Master’s in Counseling Education from UMB in 1996. He is a Board Certified Behaviorist. After 20 years as the head varsity wrestling coach (for Lexington, Belmont & Watertown) he retired in 2008 with almost 300 wins. During his tenure he coached his teams to Middlesex League Championships, Division 1 Sportsmanship Awards & Section Championships. He came out of retirement in 2010 and is the current head varsity coach for Watertown High School. He served on the MIA Wrestling Coaches Executive board for 10 years and has been a MIWOA wrestling official for 9 years, was the 2011 Middlesex League Coach of the Year and was inducted into the Massachusetts Wrestling Coaches Hall of Fame in 2012.

John Staulo A former Newton South varsity team wrestler, in 1973 he was the heavy weight runner up. 1973-1974 he wrestled for University of Rhode Island varsity team where he was a Tri-Captain of a nationally ranked division 1 team. He has been the head varsity wrestling coach at Newton North High school for 15 years, as well as assistant coach for 6 years prior. His team’s achievements include 167 wins, 2 State Champions, 5 New England Place Winners and 3 All-Americans. 2014 inductee to Massachusetts Interscholastic Wrestling Coaches Association Hall of Fame.

Mike Massarotti 2001-2002 Watertown High School team (under coaching of Kevin Russo). Holds a BS in Architectural Engineering from Wentworth Institute of Technology. He founded the Watertown K-4 wrestling program in 2011 and is currently head coach of Watertown Youth Wrestling.

Ryan Buff A two-time Maryland High School State Champion with an impressive record of 155-3, he is also a multiple Freestyle and Greco-Roman Wrestling State Champion. He attended Boston University where we was a four year varsity wrestler. He was a camp counselor at the Carl Adam’s Wrestling Institute, and currently a volunteer coach for Watertown High School wrestling team. He is a SMWC Hall of Fame and in the Calvert High School Athletic Hall of Fame.

Gus ManciniFranklin High School wrestling team (1998-2000), 2000 State Champion. He attended Rochester Institute of Technology where he was a four-year varsity starter and captain during his junior and senior year. He has coached for RIT, Franklin High School and Wadsworth Wrestling Club.