General George S. Patton Memorial Center
Forms & Waivers
Coach Fermin Mendez
Coach Fermin Miguel Mendez is a Newark, NJ native, a Detroit resident, and corporate attorney. He began his wrestling career at the age of 14 at Delbarton High School. From there, Coach Fermin went on to become a three-time varsity letter winner on Harvard University’s Division 1 Wrestling Team. He has trained athletes at a range of levels, from youth to university level wrestlers in both New Jersey and Michigan.
With a passion for coaching, Coach Fermin joined BTS Detroit while attending University of Michigan Law School. Now, he is in his fourth season and serves as our Patton Park Head Coach. He believes in the positive impact that wrestling can have on an individual and a community. Coach Fermin is thankful for the opportunity to serve the youth of Detroit, who come in every day, tenacious, energetic, and ready for a challenge.
Coach Tony Durocher
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.”
Coach Lisa Gonzalez
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.”
Coach Galloway Thurston
“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.
Coach Mike Torriero
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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.