Owner, Sports Performance Coach, Travel Teams
Dan originally hails from Bergen County, NJ, moved to Nazareth PA in 2018 with his wife and 4 kids. Dan was a two sport athlete at Bergen Catholic High School (football and Wrestling) and this is where the passion for Weights began. He went on to play football at Iona College in New York and then an additional 3 years of Semi Pro for the Bronx Bengals and Rockland County Bruins. Dan also is an experienced power lifter who has competed up and down the east coast. Dan has 10+ years of coaching in both Football and Wrestling, during all that time his love for Weights and Sports performance continued to grow specifically in Youth athletes. Besides the Club, Dan also Leads National Travel Wrestling teams since 2017 which is now comprised of over 600+ athletes across 44 States who compete throughout the US.
Dan is currently certified as a trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), USA Wrestling Leader (Cooper & Bronze Level), USA Football Coach, Russian Kettlebell Certification (RKC), and a certified Underground Strength Coach through Zach Evan-ESH who was also his sports performance Coach and mentor.
Ian “Whitey” Chlebove
Whitey Chlebove is a local Lehigh Valley Native and attended Whitehall & Northampton High Schools. He posted a perfect 38-0 senior record at Northampton and won a PIAA Class 3A title and helped the Konkrete Kids to a No. 1 national ranking. He attended West Virginia University where he moved into sixth place on the all-time wins list for the Mountaineers. He became a two-time All-American with his seventh-place finish at the 1998 NCAA Championships in Cleveland and his sixth-place finish at the 1999 NCAA Championships at Penn State. As a senior, Chlebove was ranked as high as fourth nationally during the season. As a junior, he was ranked as high as third. In 1996, Chlebove was one win away from All-America honors with a 3-2 finish at the tournament. After a redshirt season in 1997, he posted a 27-8 record in 1998 to set a WVU record.
PA State Champ, NHSCA Senior National Champ, 2x NCAA DI All-American for West Virginia University, Member of District XI and Eastern Wrestling League Hall of Fame, Coaching Experience at WVU, Northampton Area HS, Northern Lehigh HS, and Dark Knights WC.
Here is a list of college wrestlers that have been coached by Whitey and have wrestled in his room:
- Sammy Sasso, Ohio St.
- Julian Chlebove, Arizona St.
- Patrick Gould, Kent St.
- Sean Pierson, Princeton
- Darius Grant, Western New England
- Ryan Miller, Penn
- Travis Stefanik, Princeton
- Anthony Micci, F & M
- Markis Branford, Clackmas
- Richie Markuliks, Edinboro
- Nathaniel Stefanik, Princeton
- Cameron Enriquez, Clackamas
- Deshawn Farber, Lock Haven
- Nick Colasurdo, Kent St.
- Patrick Noonan, UVA
Advanced Wrestling Coach (Folkstyle / Freestyle)
Coach Gyasi Parkins has been a Coach at Dark Knights Wrestling Club since 2010 and has coached nationally ranked kids at all levels.
Head Cheer/Tumbling coach
Ryan Hendricks is a choreographer, cheerleading & tumbling coach with over a decade of experience. She began earning cheerleading accolades early in her high school cheerleading career, where she was named UCA All-Star 3x, Conference All-Star 2x, and named to the NJ All-State Team. Ryan cheered for Belvidere HS (Belvidere, NJ) and was part of the history-making team that won a state and conference championship. They also competed in the National High School Cheerleading Championship in 1998, 1999, 2000 & 2001. She started coaching the NJ Junior Jags All-Star team in 2002. In 2004, she coached the Stateline All-Stars in Phillipsburg. She was the assistant choreographer at Lafayette College from 2006-2007, helping to create gameday performances for the cheer & dance teams. From 2009-2012, she coached the Pocono Cheer All-Stars in Stroudsburg, PA. Since retiring from full-time coaching, Ryan has embraced Mom Life but has stayed involved in the sport by judging tryouts, helping with choreography, and coaching tumbling & gymnastics.
Freestyle/Greco/Wrestling Mindset Coach
Russ has been a part of Steel Valley Reengages since 2019 and brings significant coaching experience to our team. He is currently on the Muhlenberg coaching staff since the 2019-20 season. Silverstein served as head coach at Williamson College of the Trades in 2018-19, qualifying a school-record six wrestlers for the NCWA national tournament. He also was the head coach for three years at Valley Forge Military Academy before the program was dropped in 2017. Originally from Collegeville, Pennsylvania, Silverstein has also coached at Perkiomen Valley High School and Methacton High School.