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May 19, 2014

St. John's inducts 24th Athletic Hall of Fame class

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“Going in with my coach is amazing,” said Cote, who wrestled at Lehigh University and now lives in Lancaster, Penn. “We’d always be at his house working out or staying over when we had to leave early for a tournament so it means a lot to me to see him honored, and it’s great to see some of my old teammates.”

Another wrestling champ, Austin Hover (’93) was the Division 1 North champion his senior year and fourth in the state. He also played football and lacrosse before going on to start for the Ohio Wesleyan football team for four years where he played with his brother Dan (QB).

“This is an unbelievable honor,” said Costa, who has been the Prep coach for 24 years and has a record of 562-135-5. He has coached 32 individual and 100 match winners, eight All-Americans, 47 Academic All-Americans, six New England champs, 11 All-State winners, 24 Division I state champions, and 33 D-1 North Sectional winners. He has built one of the top programs in New England.

“It means so much to me to go in with Nathan and Austin and have so many of my former guys here today.”

Costa was a 23-year old member of the Judo National Team, who had just graduated from Northeastern when former AD Fred Glatz gave him the opportunity to coach.

“I happened to run into Manny at the North Shore Mall right before my son Ben’s junior year,” said Steve Ring, who came to the induction to see Costa honored. “It was late August, and we still didn’t have a coach. I asked Manny if he was interested and when he said he was, I told Fred that we found our coach. Manny used to keep saying he would stay on for one more year but always had somebody special coming along so here he is all those years later closing in on 600 wins. I was here for win No. 1 and all the big ones after that.”

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