Naval Academy graduate Brian Antonelli is in his eighth season at his alma mater and will serve as the Mids' interim head coach for the 2013-14 season. A former Captain in the Marine Corps and letterwinner for the Midshipmen wrestling program, Antonelli joined the program in August of 2006 and has brought with him a wealth of experience and leadership both on and off the mat to the Navy wrestling program.
Antonelli has played an instrumental role in Navy's recruiting since joining the staff, bringing in two-time All-American (2009, `11) and four-time NCAA qualifier Bryce Saddoris, who became the Mids' all-time winningest wrestler in 2011 behind a 147-40 record. Saddoris is only the fourth different wrestler in program history to reach 40 wins in a season, while his 43 wins were just one shy of tying the all-time single-season record set by Mark Conley in 2002 and later tied by Matt Stolpinski in 2007. Meanwhile, in 2008-09, NCAA qualifier Luke Rebertus turned in 36 wins as a rookie, the most wins by a freshman since Tyrone Neal's 37 victories in 1998-99.
In August of 2005, Antonelli left the Marine Corps and earned his first coaching position when The Lawrenceville School in New Jersey hired him as its head wrestling coach. There he helped mold two New Jersey Prep State Champions and one of his pupils garnered All-America recognition at the national tournament. In addition to his wrestling duties, he served as quarterback and special teams coach of the football team.
A New Jersey native, Antonelli graduated from the McDonogh School in 1992 where was the Maryland State Wrestling Champion at 160 pounds and a two-time all-state football player. He went on to spend a year at Blair Academy in 1993, winning the 160-pound prep state title and was the quarterback of the undefeated state championship football team.
As a member of the Midshipmen wrestling team, he earned letters in 1996 and `97. As a senior, he was the recipient of the H.McCoy Memorial Award, given to that midshipmen that displays the "highest degree of athletic leadership and competitive spirit." Antonelli graduated from the Naval Academy in 1997 and was commissioned a 2nd Lt. in the Marine Corps.
Prior to receiving his first assignment in the Marine Corps as Production Control Officer for MALS 26 in 1998, he spent five months wrestling for the Marine Corps team in Quantico. Between August of 1999 and `02, he was the MMCO for HMM-266 and for the 24th MEU. In the summer of 2001, he participated in Operation Rapid Cheetah where he patrolled the borders between Kosovo and Bosnia.
In August of 2002, Antonelli returned to the Naval Academy where he served as an Admissions Officer for three years and was a USMC Green Belt instructor. In addition, he returned to his wrestling roots and served as the officer representative for the Midshipmen wrestling program.
Antonelli's older brother, Jay, is a 1992 graduate of the Naval Academy and was a two-year letterwinner for the Midshipmen wrestling team. He has continued his involvement in the wrestling community serving on the Greco-Roman coaching staff at the 2000, `04 and `08 Olympic Games, as well as many other U.S. international tour teams. In 2006, it was announced that he was selected to assist USA Wrestling National Greco-Roman Coach Steve Fraser at the 2007 World Championships. In addition, he served as the head coach of the 2002 World Cup team and four CISM World Military Championship teams. In 1998, he was named the USA Wrestling Greco-Roman Coach of the Year. He retired in the summer of 2012 as a Major in the Marine Corps and serves as the team's volunteer assistant.
Antonelli and his wife, Susie, are the parents of two daughters, Katie and Samantha and two sons, Christopher and Michael.