Donald Wesley New

Donald NewDonald Wesley New is a life-long resident of the Canastota Community. After graduation from Canastota High School with a New York State Regents’ Diploma, Don attended Cornell University. In addition to his academic studies at Cornell, Don focused on his love and passion for the sport of wrestling. While at Cornell where he wrestled at 137 pounds, Don was Eastern wrestling champion, fifth in the NCAA Division 1 wrestling nationals, All-American and competed in the East-West All Star Classic Tournament.

After graduation from Cornell University in 1967, Don came home to Canastota to join his father and his brother, Dick, in partnership on the family dairy farm. With his wife, Debbie, they have raised five Canastota High School graduates: Mike, Cadi, Jeff, Ben, and Meggie New. In this community Don has been involved with community activities like the Canastota Wrestling Club, Canastota Civic Club, Cooperative Extension Board, Town of Lincoln Planning Board, and as a member of the Canastota Board of Education for six years.

Don continued his education with an MBA from Syracuse University, and Certificate of Advanced Studies from SUNY Cortland. In addition to his partnership on the family farm, Don taught at Mohawk Valley Community College for four years, but his love for his hometown brought him back to Canastota High School. Don taught at Canastota High School for twenty-six years. While he was teaching at Canastota High School, he was advisor to the FFA, coached varsity wrestling, varsity track, varsity football, Mohawk Valley wrestling, and summer Babe Ruth baseball.

As the varsity wrestling coach, his teams compiled a record of 205-42-1. Those teams also wonNew Graduation fifteen league titles, eleven class titles, three sectional championships in 1985, 1993 and 1994. His team in 1994 was awarded with the New York State Wrestling Team Championship. Don had the privilege of coaching eighteen individual Section 3 champions, fifteen New York State place finishers, and three New York State champions. Don has been named to the Section 3 Wrestling Hall of Fame, the Cornell University Athletic Hall of Fame and the Cornell Wrestling Wall of Distinction. While Don was coaching these young men, he enjoyed watching them grow and strengthen their own desires to be more determined wrestlers and successful people.

Don still enjoys seeing his former wrestlers and students at Canastota community events where they are now supporting their own children in their dreams for success in academics, athletics, and extracurricular activities. One of life’s greatest gifts is the ability to watch your children, your athletes, and your students work hard to achieve their greatest dreams and desires and have fun doing it.