Founder / Chief Executive Officer
A 1966 graduate of Easton Area High School in Easton, Pennsylvania and a 1971 graduate of Indiana State University in Terre Haute, Indiana. He earned a BS degree in 1971 and an MS degree in 1972 from Indiana State University where he served for two years as a graduate assistant wrestling coach under the legendary Gray Simons.
At Indiana State, Ferraro sported a 93-4 record during his collegiate wrestling career which included 62 falls. He only had one loss in regular season competition during his entire three year varsity career. His .959 winning percentage is the best in school history. He was a two-time NCAA Division I all-American at 150 pounds, finishing fourth and second in the NCAA Championships in 1969 and 1970 respectively. He also won at 150 pounds in the East-West All Star Meet his senior year. In 1970, he received the Most Outstanding Male Athlete Award as well as the Outstanding Leadership Award at Indiana State University.
In 1972, Bob taught health education at Neshaminy High School in Langhorne, Pennsylvania and served as an assistant wrestling coach. Bob joined the athletic staff at Bucknell University in 1973 as the head wrestling coach and Director of Recreation and served at that capacity until 1997. From 1997-2007, Ferraro served as the Executive Director of the NHSCA. From 2007 to present, he serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the NHSCA. Bob was selected to serve on the Board of Visitors at the United States Sports Academy in 2005. He was also named the Man of the Year by USA Wrestling Magazine in 2006. Bob also received the WIN Magazine Impact Award in 2009. This award is given each year to the person and organization that had the greatest impact on the sport of wrestling at all levels from across the country. In 2011, Bob was selected to serve on the Creative Coalition Advisory Board.
During his coaching career at Bucknell, Ferraro produced 44 ECC and ECWA champions as well as four NCAA All-Americans. He was voted ECWA coach of the year in 1986, 87, and 92. Ferraro was inducted into the District 11 and District 4 Hall of Fames in 1984 and 1992 respectively. He was also inducted into the Indiana State University Sports Hall of Fame in 2004.
In 1989, Ferraro founded the National High School Coaches Association (NHSCA), National High School Senior Wrestling Championships, and the
National Wrestling Coaches Convention. Ferraro owns two United States patents and is the inventor of the Air Brace knee pad.
Ferraro and his wife Jeanne are the parents of son Robert and two daughters, Robin and Jaime. They have five grandchildren.