District XI Dual Meet Champions
1990, 1991, 1996, 1997,
2006, 2014, 2017, 2020
District XI Tournament Champions
1968, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992,
1995, 1997, 2006, 2007, 2014, 2020,
A Tradition of Excellence
Luke is entering his 3rd year on the Nazareth Wrestling Staff. Luke is a 2012 graduate of Catasauqua High School. While at Catty, he amassed a 107-31 career record and was a 3-time District XI Placwinner, a Regional Champion, & became Catasauqua's first wrestler to win 40 bouts in a season. Luke continued his education at East Stroudsburg University where he graduated with a Bachelors Degree in social studies with honors. He is currently an associate teacher at Nazareth High School. Luke also has served on the Nazareth Football Coaching Staff the past two seasons. Before coming to Nazareth, he was a wrestling coach at Catasauqua for the past five years. Also of interest, Luke was enlisted in the military in 2012 where his career ended with the rank of Corporal.
Nicolino Sevi enters his 5th year on the Blue Eagles Staff. Sevi is a 2014 graduate of Nazareth Area High School. An outstanding wrestler throughout his high school career, Nic truly came into his own during his senior season. His achievements as a senior include: season record of 45-4; Beast of the East place winner, District & Regional Champion; Most Falls in least time at Districts; PIAA Third Place Finisher (won 6 straight matches after losing in first round); Express-Times & Morning Call First Team Selection. Last season, he was instrumental in preparing Travis Stefanik for his incredible state championship run. Nic is currently working in the construction industry.
Nazareth Wrestling Coaching Staff
Steve begins his 5th year on the Nazareth coaching staff with a wealth of knowledge as well as coaching experience. Klass graduated from Wilson Area High School in 1993, where he wrestled for Coach Crowell as a Senior. That year, he completed his career as a PIAA State Runner-up & NHSCA National Runner-Up. After an outstanding career at Bucknell University, Klass returned to his alma mater to not only teach but to be an assistant under Dave Crowell at Wilson. He remained as assistant coach at Wilson for 7 years. Steve then moved on to Seton Hall Prep in New Jersey where he was a teacher & coach. Steve moved on to Paramus High School where he was head coach for ten years as well as a teacher. He currently continues to teach biology, anatomy, & sports medicine at Paramus High School in New Jersey.
Entering his 11th year coaching at Nazareth, Joe is a 2003 graduate of Nazareth Area High School where he was a four -year starter. He was a 2003 District XI Champion, 2002 Bethlehem Holiday Classic Runner-up, and a 2002 PIAA State 6th place finisher. Joe compiled 103 career victories and was named District XI Wrestling's Scholar Athlete in 2003. He went on to wrestle at Shippensburg University where he was a Division II National Qualifier. Joe recently graduated from East Stroudsburg University with a Bachelors Degree in Secondary Education Social Studies. He is currently teaching 9th & 11th grade English at Northampton High School. Joe and his wife Sara reside in Bethlehem.
A 1993 Nazareth graduate, Adam wrestled and coached under legendary coach Ray Nunamaker. He was a 1992 Christmas City Champion, 1993 District XI Champion, 1993 Northeast Regional Runner-up, 1993 PIAA State Qualifier and Co-Captain his senior year. Adam attended Kutztown University and wrestled under Pat Tocci. This will be his 27th year as Varsity Assistant Coach at Nazareth. He was named District XI Assistant Coach of the Year and Pennsylvania State Assistant Coach of the Year in 2004. In 2007, Adam was named NWCA Assistant Coach of the Year. In 2014, he was again named District XI Co-Assistant Coach of the Year (Tie with Brad Kleckner of Liberty) and Pennsylvania State Assistant Coach of the Year. Adam is the owner of Jetblack Driveway Service. He and his wife Tiffany reside in Nazareth with their two children McKensie & Jaxon.
Crowell's Quick Facts
(updated after 2019-2020 season)
Coaching Career: Assistant Coach, Lock Haven University, 1975-76; Assistant Coach, Easton Area High School, 1976-77; Head Coach, Easton Area High School, 1977-1984; Head Coach, Wilson Area High School, 1992-03; Head Coach, Nazareth Area High School, 2003-present.
Also coached football at Easton for four years.
Assisted Under: Dr. Kenneth Cox/Lock Haven University (1975-76); Bob Zarbatany/Easton Area High School (1976-77).
Accolades: Seven-time Pennsylvania State Coach of the Year (2020, 2017, 2007, 2002, 2001, 1983, 1981), NWCA National Coach of the Year in 2007; NHSCA National Coach of the Year in 2001; Thirteen-Time District XI Coach of the Year; Member of the District XI Wrestling Hall of Fame; Member of the PA Wrestling Coaches Association State Hall of Fame; Inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2014
Team Championships: Seven PIAA Individual State Tournament Championships (2018, 2017, 2006, 2003, 2002, 1983,1981); Five PIAA State Dual Meet Championships (2020, 2017, 2007, 2002, 2001); Nine District XI Team Championships (2020, 2017, 2014, 2006, 2003, 2002, 2001, 1997, 1996); Eleven District XI Tournament Championships (2020, 2014, 2006, 2003, 2002, 2001, 1997, 1984, 1983, 1981, 1980); Fourteen Conference/League Championships
Individual Championships: 22 State Champions; 44 State Finalists;95 State Place Winners; 73 Regional Champions; 86 District Champions
State Firsts: Currently the only wrestling coach in Pennsylvania wrestling history to accomplish the following:
- Coach at least one PIAA State Champion at 3 different schools
- Win at least one PIAA State Individual Tournament championship at 3 different schools
- Win at least one PIAA State Team Tournament championship at 2 different schools
- Be voted State Coach of the Year 7 different times
- Be voted State Coach of the Year at 3 different schools
- Be voted State Coach of the Year in both AA & AAA classifications
Educating Coaches: National Wrestling Coaches Association Coaching Development Consultant & Lecturer. Former Member of the NWCA's Board of Directors. PA Wrestling Coaches Association Convention Committee
Coaching Beyond the Victory: "Transforming Sports. Transcending Lives" provides individualized seminars, clinics, and consultations for coaches & clinics/training for athletes as well as coaching seminars for coaches of all sports.
Born: December 19, 1953
High School: Corry Area
Alma Mater: Lock Haven University, '75
(B.S. in Health, Physical Education & Recreation)
Wrestling Career: 2-time PSAC Placewinner
Married: Former Jackie Ciccarelli
Children: Sons: David & Colin; Daughters: Michelle & Casey
High School Head Coach
PIAA Tournament State Champions
2006, 2017, 2018
PIAA Dual Meet State Champions
2007, 2017, 2020
Northeast Regional Tournament Champions
1988, 2006, 2007, 2014, 2020
25 PIAA State Champions 93 Northeast Regional Champions 121 District XI Champions