If you haven't seen Coach Fittery work with young wrestlers, you are in for a treat! Taking the skills he learned as an education major at American University, Coach Fittery brings contagious enthusiam and unmistakable passion to each practice! During his three year internship with Hall of Fame great Wade Schalles, Coach Fittery was able to observe one of the best wrestlers and clinicians to ever step foot on a mat. Combining those teaching skills with a resume that boasts four NCAA All-American Certificates, you will be pleased with the leadership Coach Fittery provides.
In addition to his accolades on the mats, Coach Fittery understands the importance of being a student first. Due to his commitment academics, Steve accomplished a rare feat, being recognized four times (every year) by the NWCA as an Academic All-American!
Coach Fittery has also spent 10 years serving with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. From mentoring young men at camps, to giving character talks in front of large groups, to being president of his huddle at Shippensburg and American University, Steve will instill the values and character to all his athletes.
After graduating college in 2011, Steve coached at the NCAA Division 1 level. Over the course of five years, Coach Fittery has helped SEVEN of his wrestlers earn All-American honors at the National Championships. Eight of his former wrestlers are currently coaching Division 1 teams.
If you wanna see some fun wrestling, here are some of Coach Fittery's recent matches. Enjoy!
Read the testimonials page to see what people have to say about working with Steve.
Assistant Coaches Bios
Coach Ben is the veteran on the FITS staff. He specializes in working with our youth at the Hereford location. He is a positive and encouraging mentor, who teaches students life lessons with a quiet and confident demeanor. His patience is unrivaled, and he is gentle and uplifting when providing insight for our wrestlers. This is Coach Ben's fourth year with FITS Wrestling Academy. We value his teaching ability along with his moral compass and couldn't ask for a better addition to our team!
Brosius was an accomplished wrestler at Dover High School in Pennsylvania, before completing his degree in Computer Programming at Penn State University. Coach Ben is a happily married man to his lovely wife Shelly. He and his wife (and dog Barnabus) currently reside in Hydes, MD where Coach Ben works from home in the computer software field. Email Coach Ben
Coach Mason is entering his third year with FITS Academy has adds a blast of intensity to our staff. He was recently promoted to the HEAD COACH at McDaniel College; a local division 3 NCAA Wrestling program in Westminster, MD. When Coach Mason runs practices, it is always a high-tempo session. The kids enjoy his business mentality, and parents are impressed how Mason adapts technique to the appropriate age levels in the room.
In High School Coach Mason was a star wrestler for North Carroll High School. He was a 2x State Champion and was an excellent strategist on the mat. It is still clear that Mason understands the intricacies of wrestling. He now uses that knowledge to help guide his wrestlers at McDaniel and our wrestlers at FITS!
On a personal note; Coach Mason earned his Master's Degree in Exercise Science at McDaniel College. Happily married to his college sweetheart, Kelsey, they now have two strong baby boys; Bo (3yrs) and Mack (6mo). When he's not at McDaniel, Mason works for his father's small business, Evergreen Builders Inc.
The big news this year is that Coach Asper will be joining our staff! Josh was a 4x MD State Champion at Hereford HS. The success kept coming in college, as Asper racked up two NCAA All-American certificates at the University of Maryland. After college, Josh spent 7 years competing on the Senior level attempting to make the USA world team.
To have an NCAA All-American as a coach is a huge opportunity for young wrestlers! Josh is as tough as they come, and our students will have a better idea how to reach the highest level after working with Coach Asper. A superb technician in neutral, Josh will use his senior level experience to be our freestyle expert this coming Spring.
Josh is currently living in Frederick, MD with his wife Kasey. Josh works at Amazon, but is working toward becoming a fire fighter.
This is Coach Gaylor's 3rd year with FITS Academy. You won't find anyone who has something bad to say about Elisha. This man is one of the hardest workers you'll ever meet! He works construction all day, then coaches at night. He not only coaches wrestling year round, Gaylor also coaches baseball and cross country at Wyomissing High School. Kids love Coach Gaylor's contagious energy and high-paced style.
Coach Gaylor was a 4 year starter at Ursinus College, and brings a wealth of wrestling knowlege to our students at the Reinholds location. Elisha is great with the kids, easy to talk to, and his passion for the sport is clearly on display at every practice. We are super fortunate to have such a great coach on our staff!