Location Information

General George S. Patton Memorial Center

Address: 2301 Woodmere St, Detroit, MI 48209

Head Coach: Fermin Mendez
Additional Coaches:
Tony Durocher, Lisa Gonzalez, Galloway Thurston, Mike Torriero
Volunteers: Sara and Wendy Barajas

Questions: Contact Coach Mendez, fmmendez@umich.edu

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Coaching Staff

Fermin Miguel Mendez

Coach Fermin Mendez

Fermin Miguel Mendez serves as both board member and our Patton Park Head Coach. He is a Newark, NJ native, a Southwest Detroit resident, corporate attorney, and University of Michigan Law School professor. He first began wrestling at Delbarton High School (Morristown, NJ). Afterwards, Fermin wrestled for Harvard University’s Division 1 Wrestling Team, earning three varsity letters. During his time with the Crimson, he helped the Harvard Wrestling team earn two #1 spots (2010, 2011) as the National Wrestling Coaches Association’s D1 top academic team, and in 2010, he was awarded Harvard Wrestling’s Beck Family Unsung Hero Award.

Fermin brings well over a decade of coaching and leadership experience. He has trained athletes at a range of levels, from youth to university level wrestlers in New Jersey, Massachusetts, and Michigan. Fermin joined BTS Detroit while earning his J.D. at University of Michigan Law School. Since then, he has focused on growing wrestling both locally and regionally in the Midwest.

In 2017, Fermin created our annual Detroit Girls Wrestling Clinic, which strives to make both our sport and our organization more inclusive. He believes “not just that girls and women can wrestle, but that they should wrestle.” Fermin believes in the positive impact that wrestling has on both the individual and the community. He is consistently thankful for the opportunity to serve the youth of Detroit.

In addition to coaching, Fermin is a professor with the University of Michigan Law School’s Entrepreneurship Clinic, where he teaches and supervises second and third year law students as they serve the needs of and gaps in Michigan’s greater entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Tony Durocher

Coach Tony Durocher

Coach Tony Durocher started wrestling in the 9th grade and as a senior in high school, placed 7th in the State. He graduated from Eastern Michigan and has worked the past 25 years for the Chrysler Corporation. During that time, Coach Durocher coached the Melvindale High School Wrestling team where his team won 8 district titles. He has coached 45 individual qualifiers to the state meet, 12 of whom placed. 4 of his student athletes were runners-up and 3 were State Champions. Suffice it to say that Coach Durocher knows what it takes to make a champion wrestler, but even more importantly, he knows how to educate young wrestlers on how to use the skills they learn while wrestling and translate them into success beyond the mat.

Coach Durocher had previously retired from coaching but found that he missed working with young people and inspiring them to reach for the stars. A dedicated technician of the sport, Coach Tony has the largest collection of coaching videos of any of our coaches and believes that in wrestling, as in life, details matter. “Take care of the little things and the big things take care of themselves.”

Lisa Gonzalez

Coach Lisa Gonzalez

Coach Lisa Gonzalez started wrestling when she was 14 and went on to win the Texas State High School Championship for her weight class in 2013. She is a 2-time collegiate All-American and a 2-time US Open Top 6 contender. In 2016, Coach Gonzalez competed in the Olympic Trials.

Coach Gonzalez found Beat the Streets Detroit after moving to Michigan where she works as a personal trainer. Because of the huge impact wrestling has had on her life, Coach Gonzalez wanted to continue her journey in wrestling in a way that most benefits others, and for her this means working with children as they learn the sport. “I enjoy working with Beat the Streets Detroit,” she says, “because I didn’t have any clubs like this when I grew up. I am happy to be able to help out our kids and our community – especially because it has a wide range of different people, and I am especially proud to see they way the sport has grown in popularity for young girls/women.”

Galloway Thurston

Coach Galloway Thurston

Coach Galloway Thurston is starting his first year with Beat the Streets Detroit. Originally from Saint Ignace, Michigan, he compiled 212 wins and won two state championships in high school. At Brown University, Galloway competed on the varsity wrestling team for four years and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology. He went on to earn a Master’s degree in Physiology at the University of Michigan, and currently works in pancreatic cancer research at the UM Cancer Center.

“No sport teaches the values of both individual effort and teamwork like wrestling.” he says. “My experiences in wrestling taught me how to push myself and others to a potential that we could not reach on our own. With Beat the Streets Detroit, I hope to help the kids channel their boundless energy into learning this great sport, and in turn instilling strong values, fostering a sense of community, and, most importantly, having fun!” Galloway firmly believes that the lessons learned through wrestling are lifelong and fully translatable to real-world skills, helping kids to become better students, mentors, coworkers, and leaders.

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Coach Mike Torriero

A transplant from New York City, Mike previously served as a program director/coach with Beat the Streets NYC, was an assistant coach at New York University, and head wrestling coach at the Renzo Gracie Academy in midtown Manhattan. Now living in Detroit full time, Mike is looking forward to volunteering his time to help see the organization realizes its vision of helping youth through the vehicle of wrestling.

Support BTS Detroit.

Beat the Streets Detroit exists to positively affect the lives of Detroit area youth through the sport of wrestling. All of our comprehensive services are made possible through generous donations and partnerships with individuals, charitable foundations and companies who want to make a great impact within Detroit. By investing in Beat the Streets Detroit, you invest in the future of this great city. We are currently in four Detroit neighborhoods supporting over 150 students.