Famed Berks wrestling coach gone, but not forgotten

LONGSWAMP TWP., Pa. - A teacher and coach who amassed more than 530 wins now has his name etched into his school's history.

Sam Lovello, a legend in Berks County wrestling, is getting immortalized into Brandywine Heights Area High School lore.

"He had the ability to get the most out of every kid that ever walked through these schools," said current wrestling head coach Steve Adam.

Lovello passed away last September.  He was 69 years old.

Steve Adam was Lovello's assistant coach for two decades, and he even wrestled for Lovello while he was in high school.

"With the passing of Sam I don't think those shoes are fillable," said Adam.

"Because he was an educator for so many years as well as a coach, he had the opportunity to touch a number of kids' lives both on and off the mat," said Athletic Director Rick Romyn.

The gym at Brandywine Heights Area High School is now named in Lovello's honor.

"Sam was more than just an educator and a wrestling coach," said Adam. "He was a friend, he was a father figure to most. He was respected in the community. He was just a great man, and he's sorely missed."

Adam and others who knew him said he loved wrestling, teaching, and being with the kids at the school. You can't spell Lovello without 'love.'

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