Mumford High School
Forms & Waivers
Mumford High School
Coach Peter Cunningham
Before coaching wrestling, or even teaching, Coach Cunningham was a journalist and worked at the Ann Arbor News as a sportswriter/editor from 2009-2014. Around that time, he made a bold decision to change courses completely and pursue a teaching career through the AmeriCorps program “Teach for America.” In large part, that decision was born from a motivation to truly make a positive difference in young people’s lives through coaching wrestling.
Coach Cunningham started the Mumford High School wrestling program in 2014 and started working with Beat the Streets in 2016 with the goal of expanding the high school program to include interested younger kids. The result is that the Beat the Streets Detroit / Mumford program has become a beacon of hope and is a true community-based program. The program was even featured recently in an ESPN article. Mumford High School is currently the only school in the Detroit Public School Community District that offers wrestling.
The Mumford wrestling team won its first ever MHSAA district championship in 2019 and also had four regional qualifiers and two state qualifiers. Since 2017, Mumford has had one all-state wrestler (4th), three state qualifiers and six regional qualifiers. The Mumford wrestling team has graduated 100 percent of its senior athletes in its five years as a program, with several going on to college
Coach Cunningham lives with his wife Katie and two daughters, Joy and June, in Ann Arbor.
Coach Chris Saadatjoo
Coach Chris Saadatjoo attended Seaholm High School with his twin brother, Michael. Coach Saadatjoo was a 4-time varsity letter winner, 2-year team Captain and 2-time League Champion. At the time of his graduation, he had the 3rd most wrestling wins in Seaholm’ history. Upon graduation, Coach Saadatoo joined the United State Marine Corps as a Combat Engineer. He is currently a reservist and assigned to Detachment B of Marine Wing Support Group 471 at Selfridge Air National Guard Base in Mt. Clemens Michigan. When not performing his Marine Corps duties, Coach Saadatjoo is a licensed firefighter and EMT. He is also currently enrolled in a paramedic program.
As if that weren’t enough, Coach Saadatjoo is very involved with Beat the Streets Detroit and currently works with BTSD as a coach at our Mumford site. His main goal with coaching is to help develop discipline and accountability in the athletes’ lives. “I would like them to come to me one day and say that because of what we taught them while wrestling, they were able to get into their favorite college, got their dream job, or themselves made a positive difference in someone’s life.”
Coach Saadatjoo says that the way he acts and carries himself stems from what he learned while wrestling. “I took the habits and skills I learned through wrestling to the Marine Corps and it was evident how much more prepared mentally and physically I was over my peers.” By the end of recruit training, Saadatjoo not only earned the title “Marine,” but was the squad leader of his platoon and was also meritoriously promoted. Saadatjoo quips that Dan Gable (who is one of the worlds’ best wrestlers) once said, “once you’ve wrestled, everything else in life is easy.” “While I won’t go so far as to say boot camp was ‘easy,’ my wrestling experience sure made it a heck of a lot less hard!”
Coach Saadatjoo believes that by focusing on the small things, the big things will take care of themselves and he drills this philosophy into his young wrestlers. “To me, winning or losing is something I don’t particularly focus on.” He says that “kids learn discipline from wrestling, and that is a gift that keeps on giving as wrestlers will reap the rewards of that trait indefinitely and in all aspects of their lives.”
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