HEAD COACH

DAMIR ZAKHARTDINOV

“I started Willpower Wrestling because I wanted to share my experience with people to make their lives better.

After a 21 year international career, including 3 Olympic Games, 4th in 2000 and a bronze medal at the 1999 World Championships, Damir Zakhartdinov came to the United States to share his joy of wrestling.

In the last 20 years, Damir has coached many state champions, All-Americans, and successful international competitors.

If you want to learn more about Coach Damir’s story, check out the interview linked below.

CLUB DIRECTOR

ANDREW HUNTER

“Wrestling is the world’s oldest sport because every generation puts in the work to keep it alive.

Stanford University wrestling alum. PAC 10 place winner. Coach Andrew brings 20 years of experience to Willpower building programs for Fortune 50 companies and high-profile not-for-profits.

He’s also parent to two Willpower wrestlers, one boy and one girl.

HEAD TECHNICIAN

YURI VALENSKI

“There is rarely a reason to scold a wrestler. Every mistake deserves a question, ‘what do you think went wrong?’

The answer your wrestler gives you tells you the help they need.”

Yuri Valenksi is a legend.

Master of Sports of the USSR ( Greco Roman & Classic style). Honored trainer of the USSR and Ukraine. Coached 2x Olympic champion Alexander Kolchinskii. (Montreal 1976 and Moscow 1980), among many other champions here in the U.S. and abroad, including Valentin Kalinka, former head coach for the U.S. Women’s Olympic Team.

It is an honor to train with Coach Yuri. He coaches the Willpower Wrestling 6 and Under Program and the High School/Young Adults Program.

CLUB TREASURER

ADAM YARNOLD

“Financial means should never stand in the way of success for anyone with the courage to wrestle.

Global financial services leader, philanthropist, and former Airborne Ranger.

Adam Yarnold has helped start and supported a number of small businesses and not-for-profits in finance, education and disaster recovery.

SECRETARY

WILLIAM Z. SCHNEIDER

“Everyone should learn to wrestle.

Local small business owner, real estate attorney, and wrestling parent. Bill donates his time to the club to make sure that our athletes have every opportunity available to them here in Brooklyn.

FOLKSTYLE TECHNICIAN

RAVSHAN HALDAROV

NCAA Div. I All-American, Youth Olympic Games Place Winner, 2001 World Uzbekistan World Team Member, and local small business owner. Ravshan donates his time to the club helping our athletes learn American Folkstyle.

COMMUNITY ORGANIZER

ALIHAN MAGOMEDOV

“Everyone should learn to wrestle.

Alihan is a local small business owner and wrestling parent. He’s the hub of our club community organizing events, pick-up practices, and off-season training.

If any community member has a question about what’s going on with Willpower Wrestling, Alihan will have the answer.

FISCAL SPONSOR

PLAYERS PHILANTHROPY FUND

“Together we can build your foundation, so you can plan your next move

Players Philanthropy Fund (PPF), a 501(c)(3) public charity, acts as Willpower Wrestling Club’s back office administrator and fiscal sponsor overseeing all financial matters while ensuring best compliance is performed.

Founded by 2x Super Bowl Champion and Baltimore Ravens “Ring of Honor” inductee Matt Stover and philanthropy expert Seth McDonnell, PPF enables Willpower Wrestling Club to accept tax-deductible contributions in support of our charitable mission.

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501(c)3

Willpower Wrestling Club, Inc. is a New York State charitable corporation operating through a fiscal sponsorship with Players Philanthropy Fund, a Maryland charitable trust recognized by IRS as a tax-exempt public charity under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code (Federal Tax ID: 27-6601178). Contributions to Willpower Wrestling Club are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.