Wrestling head coach terminated following arrest


David Bernstein, who recently started his fourth season as head coach of the Wrecker’s wrestling team, was removed from his position Saturday, Dec. 5 after being arrested by the Westport Police Department on a narcotics charge earlier that morning.

According to the Westport Police report, Bernstein was pulled over in Fairfield for erratic operation of a motor vehicle at approximately 1:30 am on Saturday, Dec. 5.

According to the Norwalk Hour, after pulling Bernstein over, the officer’s discovered that a warrant for Bernstein’s arrest had been previously issued by the city of Bridgeport on a failure to appear in court charge.

While arresting him for this charge, officers found an unknown amount of cocaine in Bernstein’s vehicle.

Bernstein was released Saturday morning on a total of $3,500 bail for both the failure-to-appear-in-court charge and the drug charges.

Jonathan Maragos ’16, a member of the Staples wrestling team, described Bernstein’s actions as “irresponsible,” but went on to emphasize that Bernstein’s removal would not affect the wrestling season. “This does not define us,” Maragos said.

According to Marty Lisevick, Staples athletic director, the coaching position has been posted and the district is looking to hire a new coach as soon as possible.

Until a replacement is found, assistant coach, Jesse Koproski, will take over the position.