Coach Gary Dawes starts his 24th season of coaching
wrestling at Fairport. Dawes begins his 5th season as the Junior Varsity
Wrestling coach, after coaching at the Modified level for 19 seasons. Coach Dawes grew up
in Clinton, NY. He attended Brockport State College, where he graduated with a
masters degree in Physical Education. In 1995, Dawes was elected to the Clinton High
School Athletic Hall of Fame. Gary provides 29 years of teaching and coaching experience
to the Red Raiders program.
Coach Dawes started coaching in 1970 as the Varsity Wrestling, and
Varsity Football coach at Rome Catholic High School. He coached at Rome Catholic for four
years. Dawes moved to Fairport in 1975, and started coaching the Freshman Football Team,
and the Junior High Track Team. The following year, Dawes became involved in the Fairport
Wrestling program as the Modified Wrestling Coach at Johanna Perrin. Coach Dawes has
remained a vital part of the program ever since. Dawes continues to coach the JV Football
team, and the Modified Track Team since he started 24 years ago. Gary has also contributed
to the sport of wrestling working as a wrestling official for eight years.
Ed Porto begins his second season as the Modified Wrestling
Coach after coming to Fairport two years ago as an Assistant Varsity Coach.
Porto was a four-year varsity wrestler at McQuaid Jesuit High School. He
went on to wrestle at Binghamton University. Upon graduating from Binghamton he returned
to McQuaid, where he spent four years as the Junior Varsity Wrestling Coach and Assistant
Varsity Wrestling Coach.
Ed completed the New York State Teacher Certification Program at
Nazareth last year, where he studied to become a secondary education teacher in Social
Studies. Course work towards the certification forced him to take a year off from
coaching. With his course work finished, he decided to accept Coach Kapers
invitation to join the coaching staff here at Fairport. Porto brings good experience to
the wrestling program, and is very eager to work with young wrestlers and use his teaching
skills on the mat.