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Beat the Streets Wrestling in New York announces Jim Fallis as its new Executive Director



NEW YORK, New York (September 24, 2012) – The Board of Trustees of Beat the Streets Wrestling Inc. (BTSW) today announced the appointment of Jim Fallis as Executive Director, effective August 27, 2012.

“We are extremely pleased to welcome Jim Fallis to our organization and look forward to his stewardship of our mission to strengthen the culture of wrestling in New York and engage many more of our youth in this endeavor,” said Chairman of the Board Mike Novogratz. “Jim has an exceptional leadership record of many years as an NCAA Athletics Director, combined with a background as a collegiate wrestling coach and competitor. He has a passion for helping young people through their engagement in the disciplined life of wrestling competition. Jim brings to us the precise combination of values, experience, skills, and energy we need for the next steps of Beat The Streets.”

Kyra Tirana Barry, President of BTSW Board, offers, “The future is bright for Beat The Streets Wrestling with the high energy and dynamic leadership of Jim Fallis. Jim’s vision and passion, his experience with growing athletic programs, and the search committee’s strong endorsement made him a clear choice to become our next executive director. He is the right person for us at the right time to bring our organization to the next level of growth.”

Jim Fallis, new Executive Director of Beat the Streets Wrestling commented, “I am very excited to be joining Beat the Streets and becoming a part of such a respected youth development organization which has in a very short time produced remarkable results. This position presents a unique opportunity for me to continue to build the platform to impact many more New York City youth through the great sport of wrestling.”

About Beat the Streets

Beat the Streets Wrestling, Inc. works directly with the New York City Department of Education in a public-private partnership to help New York City's student-athletes achieve their personal and athletic goals. Through the operation of wrestling programs in middle and high schools in the five boroughs, BTSW and the DOE provide a safe, positive atmosphere in which disadvantaged and at-risk youth can learn the essential life skills of physical fitness, teamwork, and self-empowerment. The goal of fostering strong, dedicated, and optimistic kids is delivered through coaching, after-school programs, and mentoring. More information about Beat the Streets can be found at www.beat-the-streets.org.

Jim Fallis – Executive Director

Jim Fallis most recently served as Director of Athletics at Northern Arizona University (NAU). Prior to that he served in the same capacity at the University of Northern Colorado (UNC) and Lake Superior State University (LSSU). He also coached wrestling at the collegiate level at Lake Superior state.

Academic success, athletic success, and increases in external fundraising have been hallmarks at all three Universities under his direction.

During his time at NAU the program won 27 Big Sky Conference Championships and had eight individual National Champions, including two time Olympian Lopez Lomong who was the flag bearer for the USA at the 2008 Olympics.

At UNC the program earned 31 conference championships and won two NCAA Division II Football Championships. At his alma mater LSSU, the school won two NCAA Division I Men’s Ice hockey Championships (both in New York - 1988 in Lake Placid and 1992 in Albany).

Fallis has served on numerous national committees including most recently the NCAA Division I Championship Cabinet and as chair of the Learfield Directors Cup Committee.

A member of five Hall of Fames -- NAIA, NCAA Division II Wrestling, Lake Superior State, North Central Conference and Northern Colorado University -- he earned his Bachelors Degree in History from LSSU and his Master’s in Education from Northern Michigan University. He and his wife Anna are the parents of two grown children and five grandchildren.

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