OUR COACHES

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ALEX PARK

Head Academic Coach

Alex graduated from the University of Virginia with a BA in Russian Language and Literature. He then worked at T&B Education as an SAT Verbal instructor, curriculum developer, and college consultant. Alex also teaches AP World & History, AP Psychology, AP Macro/Microeconomics, AP Literature, and AP Language. In 2017, he turned down an offer to runT&B's Hong Kong office to open Food For Thought - Education Strategies here in Charleston, SC. Alex serves on the board of directors for BadDawg Club.

 
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Sam White

Assistant Academic Tutor

Sam currently attends Academic Magnet High School and will be graduating in 2020. He graciously began volunteering his time with BadDawg Club in 2018, tutoring both middle school and high school youths. Sam is a competitive swimmer and a member of the National Honors Society. His interests include: being active, partaking in outdoor activities, and teaching/helping others.

 
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GARRISON POLLO

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Head Strength & Conditioning Coach

As a high school athlete, Garrison wrestled and played football for Forsyth Country Day School in Lewisville, North Carolina. After high school, he had the opportunity to play college football at North Carolina State University under head coach Tom O’brian. Garrison moved to South Carolina to follow God’s calling to ministry in the low country. Along with being a Youth Minister, Garrison is also a personal trainer, strength coach, football and wrestling coach . Coach Pollock enjoys playing 7+ musical instruments, watching movies, and being anywhere on the water.

 
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Tommy Ferraro

Head Wrestling Coach

As an athlete, Tommy competed in lacrosse and wrestling for Easton High School in Pennsylvania. He competed on two state champion wrestling teams, one of which was named national champions in 1996. Tommy was awarded All-American status by placing 4th in 1997 & 2nd in 1998 at the Reno Tournament of Champions. He competed for Clarion University in 1998. Later, Tommy was an assistant wrestling coach for St Peters Prep in NJ where he helped St Peters break into the national rankings for the first time and mentored individual state place winners annually in 11 seasons. As an amateur boxer, Tommy was trained by former heavyweight champion, Larry Homes and fought through the 2007 Extell development heavyweight championship in NY, NY representing Trinity Gym. Tommy brings over 15 years of financial industry experience, 10 years on Wall St, and continues his financial industry work here in the Lowcountry. Coach Ferraro is is a dedicated father and husband who is all about giving back. He is the founder of BadDawg Club and serves as the President on the board of directors.

 
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McKENNA PALACIOS

Assistant Wrestling Coach

McKenna Palacios is not only a volunteer coach for BadDawg Club, she also serves on the BadDawg Club board of directors as Treasurer. McKenna wrestled 9 years; beginning in just the 4th grade she excelled on the mat to become a 4 time varsity starter and captain her senior year in high school. McKenna was also the first female wrestler to earn a varsity letter at her school, win a match on varsity and place at conferences. Since moving to Charleston, she has been able to extend her wrestling career as the Assistant Coach for Military Magnet Academy. Aside from wrestling, Coach Palacios is a full-time veterinarian assistant while also being enrolled in a full-time vet tech program.

 
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BRENDAN MCCANN

Assistant Wrestling Coach

Brendan McCann is a native of the Lowcountry and grew up wrestling just a few miles away from where he currently coaches at Military Magnet Academy. Brendan teaches middle school E.L.A. and works part-time for the Department of Homeland Security. In addition, Coach McCann continues to be an active competitor in submission wrestling and grappling, and has won numerous titles in tournaments throughout North and South Carolina.