USA Coach


Head coach of the Lehigh Valley Wrestling Club. Named as the volunteer coach of the 2019 U.S. Freestyle World Team, for the World Wrestling Championships in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan, September 19-22.

Buxton became head coach for the Lehigh Valley Wrestling Club in 2012, and has guided the athletes at this respected national club and Regional Training Center affiliated with Lehigh University since then. He has coached numerous athletes who have made the Freestyle National Team or earned Senior-level All-American honors, including 2019-20 national team member Darian Cruz.

Prior to joining the Lehigh Valley Wrestling Club, Buxton was recognized as one of the nation’s top high school coaches, serving three decades with the national power Blair Academy in New Jersey. Buxton was a coach and math teacher at Blair starting in 1982. At first, Jeff coached both lacrosse and wrestling at Blair, but eventually focused on wrestling, becoming co-head wrestling coach in 1984 and head wrestling coach in 1991.

During his tenure, Blair won 30 National Prep team titles and finished as the No. 1 ranked team in the nation 10 times. He coached numerous wrestlers who went on to success at the college level and the international levels.

Among the multiple-NCAA champions who wrestled for Buxton at Blair were Pat Santoro, Steve Mocco, Mark Perry, Kellen Russell and Ed Ruth. Mocco became a member of the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team and Ruth later competed on the 2014 U.S. Senior World Team.

He currently coaches youth wrestlers at the Buxton Athletic Training Center in New Jersey.

Buxton received USA Wrestling’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006. Buxton is a member of the Rhode Island Hall of Fame and was selected in 2009 as the first-ever NWCA “National Prep Coach of the Year,” an award he won three times.