Company: USA Wrestling
Location: Plainview, New York, United States
Al Bevilacqua, Educator at USA Wrestling, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in wrestling education.
Being a Brooklyn native, Mr. Bevilacqua grew up knowing how to fight. In 8th grade, he began playing football and baseball. His love of sports never left him, going on to drive many of his later decisions. He went on to attend New York University, earning a Bachelor of Science in health and physical education. During his time there, he started wrestling, finding a passion for the sport. In the following years, he earned a Master’s in health and physical education/fitness from Queens College. In 1961, he was hired as a teacher and coach at Massapequa High School. Mr. Bevilacqua then went on to become the president and owner of AC Sports. He has remained there in the years since then, alongside his role as a wrestling coach for USA Wrestling.
In light of his myriad accomplishments, Mr. Bevilacqua has been abundantly awarded. Some of his greatest achievements include being named Man of the Year by Wrestling USA Magazine, being inducted into the Massapequa High School Hall of Fame, and earning the Special Service Award from the US Wrestling Federation. Further, in 1983, he was named USA Wrestling’s Coach of the Year. He maintains affiliation with the National High School Coaches Association, the USA Wrestling National Board of Directors, and the New York State Board of Education. In a career overflowing with accomplishments, Mr. Bevilacqua considers his highlight to be creating the program entitled, “Beat the Streets,” which brings wrestling to inner-city schools in the New York metropolitan area.
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