Multipurpose Room Dedicated in Honor of Coaches Dyer and Paris

Multipurpose Room Dedicated in Honor of Coaches Dyer and Paris photo

Carle Place’s rich tradition of wrestling was celebrated with the recent dedication of the school’s multipurpose room in honor of two iconic wrestling coaches: Doug Dyer and the late Hank Paris.

Friends, family members and former coaches were on hand to reminisce about memorable meets and share stories about the careers and positive impact both men had on the wrestling program and students. Guest speakers included Superintendent of Schools David Flatley; Director of Health, Physical Education, Family and Consumer Sciences and Athletics Christine Ceruti; former Athletic Director Jim Colligan, former assistant varsity/junior varsity coaches Mike Nicoll and Tom Redden; John Paris (the son of Hank Paris); members of the Dyer family; and Doug Dyer himself, who wrestled for the team as a student before beginning his 35-year career as a health and physical education teacher and coach. 

Paris began teaching and coaching in Carle Place in 1958 and remained in his positions until his untimely passing in 1974. Dyer followed Paris as the varsity wrestling coach, serving from 1974-2001.

“I can tell you that both Hank and Doug would have really appreciated this magnificent facility back in the day when they coached our wrestling program,” said Colligan. “They, along with Mike and Tom, embraced their sport and promoted wrestling both here in Carle Place and throughout Nassau County.”

“The indelible impact these great men had on students remains prominent in Carle Place, and having their names on the wall will serve to teach future generations about the importance of their legacy – not just as winners, but as great mentors,” said Ceruti, who worked with Dyer in the latter years of his tenure and credited both Nicoll and Carle Place Friends of Wrestling President Rob Jarvis with spearheading the effort to dedicate the room in honor of Dyer and Paris.

The multipurpose room is being used as a wrestling room but helps to alleviate scheduling conflicts with the main gymnasium and other athletic facilities at the school. It also hosts different student and community-oriented events.