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Former Conard High coach Greg Styles has died

Greg Styles

Gregory Styles, the former head wrestling coach at Conard High in West Hartford and a long-time girls lacrosse coach, died on September 14, 2020 after battling prolonged kidney disease.

Styles, 56, coached Conard for eight seasons from 1988-96. His Chieftains finished fourth in the Class LL tournament in 1994.

He graduated from Conard High in 1982 where he finished second in the Class LL tournament at heavyweight in his senior season. He graduated from Delaware State where he wrestled and played football for the Hornets.

After college, he was an assistant football coach at Conard and Farmington. He was the head football coach at Hall High in West Hartford for three years (1996-98) and coached one year at Plainville High (2002).

He was the girls lacrosse coach at Hall for four years (1995-98), helping the Warriors win the Central Connecticut Conference championship in 1997. Styles helped Central Connecticut State launch their Division I girls lacrosse program and was the team’s first coach (2000-03). He coached six years at Westfield State (2008-13), leading the team to six straight winning seasons. He also coached girls lacrosse at Miss Porter’s School in Farmington and boys lacrosse at Rockville High.

Styles is survived by his wife, Ellen, of South Windsor, their two children Darian and Ciara and his mother Essie Styles of Hartford.

Calling hours will be Sunday, September 20, from 3-5 p.m. at Samsel & Carmon Funeral Home, 419 Buckland Rd., South Windsor. A funeral service will be held in the funeral home on Monday, September 21, at 10 a.m. Guests are asked to wear masks and observe social distancing guidelines.

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Gerry deSimas, Jr., is the editor and founder of Connecticut Wrestling Online. He is an award-winning writer and has been covering sports in Connecticut and New England for more than 40 years. He was inducted into the New England High School Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2018.

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