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Dec 5, 2017 8:46 AMPublication: The East Hampton Press & The Southampton Press

In Lloyd They Trust

Dec 5, 2017 9:49 AM

Things have come full circle for Mike Lloyd.

The 2008 graduate of Hampton Bays High School was recently given the full-time head coaching position of the varsity wrestling team of his alma mater after taking over for Paul Hoshyla at the beginning of last season. Lloyd was a Suffolk County Division II finalist his junior season before winning the county title as a senior. He never left the program, returning as a volunteer assistant coach following graduation and working his way up to a full-time assistant coach as early as last season before earning the top job in his 10th season on the coaching staff. The head coach position fell into Lloyd’s lap last year after former head coach Paul Hoshyla was arrested at the end of November last year on drug possession charges—which were later dropped as part of a plea deal—and was put on administrative leave. Lloyd was named the interim head coach at that time before earning the full-time tag in the offseason.

“I graduated from Hampton Bays in 2008 and my enjoyment of wrestling made me want to come back the very next year to start helping out with the program,” Lloyd, 27, said. “I realized how much I got out of wrestling and wanted to pass along those same values to others.”

Citing Lloyd’s ability to help guide the team through tough times last year, Hampton Bays Athletic Director Drew Walker said the choice was pretty clear to take the interim tag off of Lloyd and make him the head coach.

“Mike has been in the program, not just as a former wrestler but he’s been with us as a volunteer and full-time assistant, so he knew the kids and knew the program,” he said. “He’s very passionate about wrestling, passionate about the Hampton Bays program, and I think he will build it to the best program we can be.”

Walker is excited to also have a number of former wrestlers back within the district. Dan Garvey, a 2003 graduate of Hampton Bays and four-time All-League wrestler, is Lloyd’s new assistant coach. Craig Mielenhausen is the head coach of the middle school wrestling team and Steve Valyo is the youth wrestling coach—both were wrestlers under Hall of Fame coach Mike Fitzgerald, a legend in Hampton Bays and the Long Island wrestling community at large.

Lloyd’s wrestling career didn’t stop at Hampton Bays. After attending Suffolk County Community College in Northampton for a year after graduating from Hampton Bays, Lloyd transferred to Stony Brook University where he joined the club wrestling team and eventually became the team’s vice president. Competing in the National Collegiate Wrestling Association, a separate entity for club wrestling teams, Lloyd was a part of Stony Brook’s team in 2012-2013, his senior year, that placed sixth at the Northeast Regionals—Lloyd placed fifth individually at 197 pounds. Lloyd and the Seawolves moved on to the NCWA Championships in Allen, Texas, where Lloyd finished one match away from reaching the placement round, which would have allowed him to earn All-American honors in the club team ranks. After receiving his degree from Stony Brook in information systems and a minor and specialization in technological systems management in 2013, Lloyd immediately landed a job at the Town of Southampton in its IT department, a job he held until last summer when the opportunity arose for him to take a similar job at Hampton Bays in its IT department as a network specialist.

On top of being the school’s varsity wrestling coach, Lloyd was an assistant this past fall on the junior varsity football team and is the new president of the district’s CSEA labor union.

“When I started coaching I never imagined that I would eventually end up working for the school district as well. I definitely enjoy my field and the rapid changes in technology always keep my job interesting,” he said. “In the last two years I’ve really become heavily involved in Hampton Bays. As a resident of Hampton Bays, alumni, employee and now coach, I feel that I’ve come full circle and been able to give back to the community that has been able to do so much for me.”

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