|Title:||Class of 1994|
|Organization:||Wrestling, Men's Lacrosse|
Philip Grebinar, you and your perennially successful matmen have become legends in New England wrestling. you have had unparalleled success in 22 years at WPI's head coach, compiling an enviable lifetime record 300-79-4- an astounding 80 percent winning rate. your teams have gone on to win three New England College COnference Wrestling Association Championships as well as a host of other regional tournaments and championships.
Wrestling was in you blood from an early age. Growing up on Long Island, where wrestling is a major sport, you wrestled in high school and as an undergraduate at the SUNY College at Cortland, until a knee injury ended your career. After pursuing graduate studies at Coartland, you arrived at WPI in 1972, where you coached football and baseball for a time in addition to wrestling. During your first four years at the Institute, the wrestling team had a losing record, but by then you had planted your future success.
Each year since you arrived, you have scoured New England for the best high school wrestlers and then doggedly worked to recruit them. The result has been a concentration of wrestlers that continue the proud tradition at WPI and keep your loyal fans packed shoulder to shoulder in the "snake pit" to cheer your wrestlers on. Those talented grapplers have included 146 All-New Englanders and 36 competitors in the NCAA Division III national tournament.
As your successes mounted, you were always quick to give the credit to the skill and determination of these young men. But your students and peers knew otherwise. "Grebby's the best," one fellow coach said. "I've never seen anyone, anywhere, put in the energy he puts into his school and his program."
As testament to the high regard in which you are held, the New England College Coaches Wrestling Association named you Coach of the Year in 1985, 1987 and 1994. The Referees Association honored you with the New England Sportsmanship Award for 1992-93. A wrestling official yourself, you have also won honors for your work in that capacity. In 1986, for example, you were named Official of the Year by USA Wrestling Massachusetts.
Philip Grebinar, for your unparalleled success as a coach at WPI and for your lifetime of support to the Instiute's student-athletes, WPI is proud to induct you into its Athletic Hall of Fame.