October 5, 2012 | The Fall Season for Beat The Streets – Los Angeles has kicked off with seven middle school wrestling programs in action. Through a key combination of partnerships within the metropolitan area, BTS – LA has broadened its outreach from the three schools it started with last spring. In association with After School All Stars and Bright Star Schools, our program is working within diverse communities throughout LA’s landscape.
Located in the San Ferndando Valley, we have William Mulholland Middle School, Vista Middle School, George K. Porter Middle School and Mount Gleason Middle School located the furthest north. In the South, we have recently added Thomas Alva Edison Middle School and Stella Middle Charter Academy. Rounding out the seven programs, closest to downtown is the Los Angeles Leadership Academy, which enters its second wrestling season with Beat The Streets.
Our current programs are led by a diverse experienced set of coaches which can offer the student athletes who participate a wealth of knowledge. What’s more, several of our coaches are also currently serving as wrestling coaches in local high school programs and independent clubs so not only do they bring their past extensive experience into the room but reference active curriculum as well.
Stay tuned for more on our progress through this second season and for upcoming announcements about competition jamborees.
Scroll down for more photos and additional detailed information about the current programs.
William Mulholland Middle School
17120 Vanowen Street, Lake Balboa, CA 91046
Mascot: Cascaders | Affiliation: After-School All-Stars
Practice: Tues: 4:30pm, Thurs: 4:30pm | Head Coach: James Medeiros
James currently serves as the Head Wrestling Coach at Birmingham High School and was formerly a Volunteer Assitant Coach for Fresno State University. In high school James was a decorated wrestler winning the California CIF State Championships.
Los Angeles Leadership Academy
2670 Griffin Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90031
Mascot: Lions | Affiliation: After-School All-Stars
Practice: Mon: 4:00pm, Wed: 4:00pm | Head Coach: Morris Bird
Morris brings collegiate wrestling experience having competed for Pima College and holds a Juris Doctorate from Southwestern University.
Vista Middle School
15040 Roscoe Boulevard, Van Nuys, CA 91402
Mascot: Vaqueros | Affiliation: After-School All-Stars
Practice: Tues: 2:30pm, Thurs: 4:00pm | Head Coach: Jeremy Earl
Jeremy currently serves as the Head Wrestling Coach for Panorama High School.
Thomas Alva Edison Middle School
6500 Hooper Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90001
Mascot: Eagles | Affiliation: After-School All-Stars
Practice: Mon: 4:15pm, Wed: 4:15pm | Head Coach: Josue Cruz
Josue currently serves as the Head Wrestling Coach for Fremont High School.
George K. Porter Middle School
15960 Kingsbury Street, Granada Hills, CA 91344
Mascot: Trojans | Affiliation: After-School All-Stars
Practice: Mon: 4:30pm, Tues: 4:30pm | Head Coach: Vlad Kochiev
Vlad was a US World Team Trials Qualifier and formerly a California CIF State Placewinner.
Mount Gleason Middle School
10965 Mt. Gleason Avenue, Sunland, CA 91040
Mascot: Mustangs | Affiliation: After-School All-Stars
Practice: Tues: 3:30pm, Thurs: 4:30pm | Head Coach: Marcie Van Dusen
Marcie, who serves as Program Coordinator within our Executive Staff is also the Head Women’s Wrestling Coach for the Titan Mercury Wrestling Club. As a highly decorated athlete Marcie was a 2008 Olympian and Junior World Champion. She was also a former Head Coach at Menlo College.
Stella Middle Charter Academy
2636 South Mansfield Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90016
Mascot: Eagles | Affiliation: Bright Star Schools
Practice: Mon: 4:00, Wed: 4:00 | Coach: Christian Fagan
Christian is currently a graduate student at Cal Tech. He was formerly a collegiate wrestler for the University of Pittsburgh and USA Junior National Team Member for Massachusetts.