We are a lean & mean team of passionate community members dedicating to improving the lives of youth through the sport of wrestling. Please see get involved for any open opportunities to join our team.
William Watterson, Executive Director
William Watterson, Executive Director: Billy founded Beat the Streets Providence in the summer of 2013. After a Brown University Wrestling Alum and Beat the Streets Board Member, Chris Ayers, brought Billy into the Providence schools as a volunteer in 2010 Billy was driven to try to improve the educational experience of Providence Middle School students. Billy spent the next few years working in education – at ConnectEDU, the Lieutenant Governor’s Office, and Commisioner of Educationer’s office – while continuing volunteering in the schools themselves and studying at Brown University. In 2013, when Billy found out that Providence schools had cut middle school sports he took leave from Brown University for an entire year to found Beat the Streets in order to bring sports and change to Providence Middle School students. Billy has received numerous awards for his work in the Providence Schools including the Joslin and Derek Canfield Barker Prize from Brown University, the Emerging Leaders Fellowship from the Rhode Island Foundation, Social Innovation Fellowship from the Swearer Center, the Rhode Island Sportscasters Words Unlimited Community Service Award, and most recently the Embark Fellowship from Brown University, which will cover his salary for a year as works full time to grow Beat the Streets Providence.
Eddie German, Program Director
Eddie is from Providence, born and raised, where wrestling carried him through a tough upbringing. After wrestling and studying special education at Rhode Island College, Ed has taught in the Providence school system, and has wrestling coaching experience. Ed is currently a Consulting Teacher for the Providence Public Schools District working for the Teacher Retention and Induction Network (TRAIN). Ed started the middle school program in Barrington and is the current head coach of Hope High School in Providence. He was recently named Coach of the Year by the Rhode Island Wrestling Coaches Association, and was cited by Learning401, founded and curated by Social Enterprise Greenhouse Advisory Board Member Jen Hetzel Silbert, for inspiring his students to greatness and enabling them to succeed in school and in life. Knowing the lay of the land is important for making progress within the school system. Ed is hitting the ground running. He has worked with Beat the Streets behind the scenes, and is eager to continue to develop the organization. As he says, “I’m excited that this is happening for our Providence youth. They will be receiving more than what was available to me and my peers. I hope they take full advantage of this great opportunity.” Ed is in charge of the day to day operation of the Beat the Streets school programs.
Steven Keith, Managing Director
Steven Keith, Managing Director: Steven came on board with Beat the Street Providence in the summer of 2016. Prior to joining Beat the Streets Providence, Steven volunteered with Beat the Streets San Francisco, serving as Head Coach of Aptos Middle School. Following a remarkable year of development for his student-athlete, in the classroom and in life, Steven was sold on the impact of the Beat the Streets program. When the spring season finished, he wanted to make a full time commitment to the Beat the Streets organization, and found a home with Beat the Streets Providence. Steven brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to Beat the Streets Providence. He was a two-time New York State Champion, and a member of the USA Wrestling All-Academic team in 2009. Steven went on to wrestle at Harvard University, where he was a 4-time NCAA qualifier, and NCAA All-American in 2012.
*Steven also has two collegiate wins over Executive Director Billy Watterson.