Class of 2014
Shacor Privott - Central Conn. State University
Stephen DePalma - WPI
Joel Diaz - Bryant University
Hobey Bryne - Framingham State University
Alex Sigg - Ohio Wesleyan University
The following colleges and universities visited WMA during 2012-13: Syracuse, Penn State, Boston College, UConn, UMass-Amherst, New Hampshire, Maine, Sacred Heart, Rhode Island, Hobart, Bryant, Bentley, St. Anselm, Assumption, AIC, Merrimack, Springfield, Western New England, Stonehill
WMA graduates have played at the following colleges and universities since 2006:
Jameil Ali '12 - Nichols College
Nafiu Ayutu-Abu '10 - Morehouse College
Derrick Barnagian '11 - Bates College
Elijah Barrows '12 - UMass
Corey Blackwood '07 - Assumption College
Ezra Bynum '09 - Monmouth University
Bryant Colon '13 - Ithaca College
Keoni Colson '11 - LaVerne University
Ryan Dahlen '12 - Bentley College
Nick Dalton '09 - Greensboro College
Joe Denti '09 - St. Anselm
Carrick Driscoll '12 - Pace University
Kenny Goodnow '13 - Endicott College
Devin Gordon '08 - Merrimack College
Desmond Gray '12 - Nichols College
Matt Grospitch '13 - Hartwick College
Sam Hart '12 - Amherst College
Eddie Jewel '09 - Bridgewater State
Korey Kajko '13 - Sacred Heart Univ.
Craig Martin '12 - Merrimack College
O'Brian McHayle '12 - UMass-Dartmouth
Rickey Moore ' 10 - Sacred Heart Univ.
Jared Osumah '12 - Maine
Peter Pascarelli '10 - Western New England
Michael Simons '08 - Central Connecticut
Korey Speller '07 - Univ. of New Haven
Alec Tavares '09 - Nichols College
Alan Williams '08 - UMass-Amherst
WMA graduates in the news
Jeff Vartabedian has 14 years of college coaching experience at Division IAA, II, and III schools including the Ivy League and New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC). He has been Head Coach of the Titans football program since 2006. After a 2-6 record his first year, the revitalized Varsity team’s 7-1 regular season record in 2007 led to a coveted invitation to the Lorden Samson Bowl, the Titan’s first postseason appearance since 1996. They lost a fiercely contended game to Hopkins Academy in that game for an overall record of 7-2.
Jeff began his career as a graduate assistant coach in the NCAA Division-II Springfield College program while earning a master’s degree in athletic administration. From Springfield, he went to Princeton University, where he was tight ends coach to the 1994 and 1995 teams with a record of 15-4-1 and the 1995 Ivy League Championship to their credit.
The teams at Trinity College and SUNY Cortland, both Division-III schools where he was offensive line coach in 1996 and 1997, had winning records and postseason appearances, with Trinity crowned NESCAC Co-Champions in 1996.
In 1998, Jeff moved to Division-III Bates College, where he was offensive coordinator for eight years before joining the Wilbraham & Monson faculty. During his tenure, Bates took the Colby-Bates-Bowdoin Championships twice, in 1999 and 2002. He coached two exceptional players during his years there. In 2002, running back Sean Atkins set two NESCAC records, rushing yards in a game (302) and rushing touchdowns in a game (7). In 2004, quarterback Brandon Colon was named NESCAC Offensive Rookie of the Year.
Jeff is an athlete in his own right. He played football, basketball, and outdoor track at Arlington High School from 1984 to 1988 and football at Springfield College, where he was the Keith Scholar Athlete Award winner and the recipient of the Coaches’ Award.
Jeff lives on campus with his wife, Danielle, and children Savannah, Laurel and A.J.
Jim Irzyk played football at Westfield High School and Deerfield Academy. He was selected to All-Western Mass. football team as a senior at WHS. Coach Irzyk began his coaching career at Cushing Academy, where he was an assistant before being hired as the head coach. He left Cushing for a coaching job in Brussels, where his teams won two international school football titles. He was hired as the head coach at Choate in 1998. During his 15 seasons, Choate won the Class A title in 1990, 1991 and 1994. Two of Coach Irzyk's players from Choate (Jim Pyne and Tim Fleisher) played professional football.
Brett Fraser joined the WMA football staff in 2011 and coaches the running backs and linebackers. Coach Fraser joined the Academy after coaching in New York and at West Springfield High School. Coach Fraser was a three year starter at American International College at linebacker from 1989 to 1992, and was also elected team captain his junior and senior years while earning a degree in criminal justice. Fraser was an all East Coast Athletic Conference selection his senior year at linebacker. Fraser also spent a post graduate year at Maine Central Institute, being named offensive MVP and team captain. The native of Ballston Spa, N.Y., now resides in Wilbraham with his wife and three children.