Kassie Archambault ’06
In March 2019 Kassie Archambault ’06 was named head coach of the Andover wrestling program. Archambault was a three-year varsity wrestler for Big Blue, the first female to place in the Class A league tournament, and a place-winner at the Girl’s National Wrestling Tournament. She served as an assistant wrestling coach for seven years, and was named the 2019 NEISWA Assistant Coach of the Year. A Dartmouth graduate, she also serves as the Russian department chair, a dormitory counselor in Double Brick, and an assistant coach for girls’ varsity lacrosse.
Richard Gorham ’86 served as head coach from 1997-2019 and led Andover to over 200 dual meet wins and two league titles. He remains on the coaching staff as an Assistant Coach. During his tenure as head coach he worked with the team to establish three core values for the program: inclusion, hard work, and team concept. “We believe in team, in the power of the team. The success of any individual wrestler is the success of the team. The struggle of any individual wrestler is the struggle of the team.” Coach Gorham also coaches Track & Field in the spring, and is the Associate Director for Andover Bread Loaf.
Coach York wrestled at Division I Boston University for four years from 1993-1997 and was captain for two years, placing in both the New England and East Coast Championships. He was a two-time Maine state champion in 1992 and 1993 at Bonny Eagle High School, where he was the first wrestler inducted into the Bonny Eagle High School Hall of Fame. He was also inducted into the MAWA Hall of Fame in 2006.
He began his coaching career in Maine in 1997; he was Head Coach of Bridgewater State University from 2008-2012, and has been part of the Andover coaching staff since 2012.
Fun fact: Coach York was nominated for an Emmy in 2010 for his work with NOVA ScienceNOW.
Assistant coach Chip Dunn served as head coach at Haverhill (MA) High School for 18 years and was inducted into the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2014 for his contributions to the sport. He has been on the coaching staff since 2006.
Assistant Coach Hector Membreno-Canales was a varsity wrestler and AAA Northeast Regional qualifier in Pennsylvania’s competitive PIAA District 11. He is an Iraq veteran who served more than 10 years in the US Army before joining the faculty and coaching staff at Andover in 2018, where he also coaches Football, compliments in Thompson House, and teaches photography and visual studies in the Art Dept.
Second year Fellow in Chemistry and assistant coach Carl Sangree wrestled for the Taft School in Connecticut and served as a team captain before moving onto Williams College, where he participated in varsity rowing and was a three-year starter on the varsity wrestling team at 174 and later 184 lbs.