Synonymous with success — that’s what the Brunswick School wrestling team has been for more than three decades.
And Tim Ostrye is the architect of the team’s winning program.
The Bruins have won 22 consecutive FAA championships, 16 Western New England titles and have boasted numerous individual state champions under the guidance of Ostrye, who has coached the squad for 33 seasons.
One of the winningest coaches in the country for more than 30 years, Ostrye’s accomplishments haven’t gone unnoticed.
Ostrye was honored as National Coach of the Year on Saturday at the 2019 National Prep School Championships, which were held at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
While coaching his squad at the national tournament, Ostrye was caught off guard, as he was presented with the prestigious award.
“It was a huge surprise,” Ostrye said of receiving the honor. “Right before the finals, I was talking to one of my coaches and someone came up to us and told me I needed to follow him. They introduced the kids for the finals and then they had some coaches awards. When they said I was coach of the year, I was shocked. It’s very humbling.”
The Bruins’ 2018-19 season saw them post a regular-season record of 18-1. They then captured their 22nd straight FAA Tournament championship and finished first at the WNEISWA (Western New England) Championships for the sixth year in a row and were fifth at the NEISWA (New England) Championships. Brunswick also won its own invitational tournament in January.
“I feel very fortunate to be at Brunswick and teach the Brunswick-type of kids,” Ostrye said. “The student body and our parents are great — I feel fortunate.”
A fixture in the wrestling room at Brunswick, Ostrye has guided numerous athletes that have continued their wrestling careers at the collegiate level and a group of All-American competitors.
His teams are known for turning in winning regular-seasons each year and being one of the teams to beat in New England.
Besides coaching wrestling at Brunswick, Ostrye serves as a physical education teacher at the school and coaches middle school lacrosse. Ostrye was also Brunswick’s athletic director from 2000-2010.
“At Brunswick, I am able to teach preschool kids to elementary school kids and coach upper school and elementary students,” Ostrye said. “I love Brunswick it’s a great place.”
Indeed, Ostrye has taught students and athletes at Brunswick at every level.
“To see the evolution of a student from pre-K to upper school is very rewarding,” Ostrye said. “I feel very fortunate that I am attached to every level of the school. In my job, I have the opportunity to get to know many kids at Brunswick.”
Ostrye’s coaching staff includes assistants Bob Benjamin, John Martin and Neil Minsky.
“They have done such a great job over the years, I couldn’t have done it without them,” Ostrye said.
Martin has been a part of the Bruins’ coaching staff since the 2006-2007 season.
“I’ve had the pleasure of learning to coach under several great mentors at Brunswick,” Martin said. “Tim is a master teacher. He’s respected for his teaching by colleagues in all divisions of Brunswick and respected for his coaching in the wrestling world.”
In the wrestling room with Ostrye for years, Martin saw how the Bruins’ head coach built a successful program.
“Tim communicates really well with his team,” Martin said “Kids know what to expect and want to be a part of his team. He is high energy, and he brings a great deal of fun and good humor to the wrestling room, which is so important. Tim has always worked hard to encourage boys at Brunswick to try wrestling and to consider sticking with it once they’ve tried. We are lucky to have a good middle school program and our team works hard. We have wonderful kids and families and a strong leader in Tim Ostrye.”