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Paul Kostacopoulos Baseball
Paul Kostacopoulos
14th Season
Office Phone: 410-293-5571
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• In 13 seasons as head coach of the Navy baseball team, Kostacopoulos has become the program's second-winningest head coach with 411 victories in Annapolis.
• Kostacopoulos led Navy to its eighth consecutive Patriot League Tournament appearance in 2018 after winning its fourth straight Patriot League regular season title. The Mids won a tie-breaker with Army for the top-seed in the tournament as both squads went 18-7.
• In 2016, Kostacopoulos guided Navy to its 10th NCAA Tournament appearance after the Mids captured both the Patriot League regular season and tournament crowns.
• The Mids' 8-5 win over Saint Mary's in the 2016 Raleigh Regional was the fifth all-time NCAA Tournament victory for Navy Baseball.
• Prior to the Naval Academy, Kostacopoulos served as the head coach at both Providence and Maine where he led each school to a pair of NCAA Tournament berths.
Ian Burman Intercollegiate Sailing
Ian Burman
11th Season
Office Phone: 410-293-5617
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• Has led Navy to eight ICSA Coed National top-10 finishes in his 10 years, including a 10th-place finish in 2018.
• The Navy women's IC Sailing team placed third at the 2014 National Championship, its highest finish in more than 10 years.
• Navy has qualified for all three ICSA Spring National Championships in five of the last six seasons under Burman.
• Guided the squad to the 2011 ICSA Sloop (Match Racing) National Championship for the first time in 15 years.
• During his 10 years as head coach, Navy has received 27 All-America recognitions, including three honors in 2018.
Ed DeChellis Basketball - Men's
Ed DeChellis
Eighth Season
Office Phone: 410-293-2627
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• Led Navy to a 20-12 record in 2017-18, which was Navy's highest win total since 1999-00.
• Led Navy to an 11-7 Patriot League record in 2017-18. It was the sixth straight season Navy increased its conference win total from the previous year.
• Has won 307 games in his 22 years as a collegiate head coach.
• Has completely rebuilt his two previous teams, East Tennessee State and Penn State, and taken them to the NCAA Tournament.
• Led Penn State to a 27-11 record, the most wins in school history, and a NIT National Championship in Madison Square Garden following the 2009 season. For his efforts, he was named the 2009 Big Ten Coach of the Year.
Jahn Tihansky Offshore Sailing
Jahn Tihansky
14th Season
Office Phone: 410-293-5608
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• Has led Navy to four Kennedy Cup titles, the ICSA National Collegiate Large Yacht Championship, in 2006, 2007, 2011 and 2012.
• Led Navy to nine McMillan Cup titles, the East Coast's Big Boat Championship, in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017.
• Was named the 2012 USNA Foundation Fall Coach of the Year.
• After serving as the meet director for the U.S. Offshore Sailing Championship and running a flawless event, he was named U.S. Sailing's National Sailor of the Week in October 2011.
• During the summer of 2007, helped his crew to the Lightning World Championships in Athens, Greece.
Stefanie Pemper Basketball - Women's
Stefanie Pemper
11th Season
Office Phone: 410-293-5591
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• Has led Navy three NCAA Tournament appearances (2011, '12, '13) and three WNIT berths (2014, '17, '18). Navy's 2017 WNIT first-round victory over George Washington was the first post-season win recorded by the Mids and the second by a Patriot League team in WNIT.
• Navy has shared a pair of Patriot League regular season titles (2011, 2013), won the outright regular season crown for the first time in school history (2014) under her guidance, and appeared in the championship game of the Patriot League Tournament five times.
• Was selected as the Patriot League Coach of the Year in both 2011 and 2014.
• Navy has posted a winning record, both overall and within the league, in nine of her 10 seasons, and is the lone team to advance to at least the semifinal round of the Patriot League Tournament nine times in the last 10 years.
• Has guided the Mids over her nine seasons to an overall record of 197-122, a Patriot League record of 106-54 and a league tournament mark of 17-7, while her overall head coaching record (20 seasons) is 432-170. She became Navy's winningest women's basketball coach during the 2017-18 season.
Tim O'Donohue Soccer - Men's
Tim O'Donohue
Third Season
Office Phone: 410-293-3153
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• Enters the 2018 season with the 25th-highest all-time NCAA winning percentage across all divisions at .764 (172-43-29).
• Served as the head coach at Stevens from 2001-10.
• Had an overall record of 165-21-23 at Stevens and his winning percentage of .844 was the highest in NCAA Division III history when he left Stevens to serve as the associate head coach at UConn.
• Helped UConn to a 68-22-21 (.707) record from 2011-2015.
• Helped UConn advance to three straight NCAA Tournament Quarterfinal appearances (2011-13).
Al Cantello Cross Country - Men's
Al Cantello
51st Season
Office Phone: 410-293-5574
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• Enters his 56th season as at the Naval Academy and 51st as head coach of the cross country team.
• Has guided the Mids to eight Patriot League titles over the past 10 years, as well as 12 career NCAA Championship berths.
• Named Patriot League Coach of the Year eight times in the last nine seasons (2008-11, 2013-16).
• As the cross country head coach, has posted a career record of 246-71-1, including a 37-11-1 mark against Army.
• Held a dual coaching role from 1981-88 as he guided the Navy's men's indoor and outdoor track squads in addition to the cross country team. As head track coach, Cantello led the Mids to a 67-9-1 dual meet record.
Carin Gabarra Soccer - Women's
Carin Gabarra
26th Season
Office Phone: 410-293-5562
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• Is the only head coach in the program's history.
• Has led Navy to three Patriot League Tournament titles and three NCAA Tournaments.
• With a career record of 326-155-46, ranks among the top-20 active coaches in the nation for career victories and has led Navy to winning campaigns in 22 of 25 seasons.
• One of the best players in the history of women's soccer, is both a World Cup and Olympic champion. Â
• A member of the National Soccer Hall of Fame and the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame.
Karen Boyle Cross Country - Women's
Karen Boyle
32nd Season
Office Phone: 410-293-5579
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• A four-time conference coach of the year, has guided Navy to four Patriot League titles in the last 10 seasons.
• Navy has had a runner compete at the NCAA Championship twice in the past seven seasons.
• Has posted a career record of 158-23 in her 31 seasons at the helm of the Navy women's cross country program
• Also led Navy to three-consecutive undefeated seasons and four straight top-five finishes at the NCAA Division II Championship prior to becoming a Division I program in 1991.
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Capt. Jason Dewald, USMC
First Season
Office Phone: 410-293-5559
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• Named the 31st head coach in Navy sprint football history in June of 2018.
• Played two years at Baldwin Wallace University as an offensive lineman before suffering an injury. Selected to be a student coach, serving as offensive line coach and co-offensive coordinator, for the junior varsity team, helping lead the squad to a 13-3 record in two seasons.
• Graduated from Baldwin Wallace University in 2007.
• Joined Marine Corps in 2008.
Ken Niumatalolo Football
Ken Niumatalolo
11th Season as head coach; 21st season at Navy
Office Phone: 410-293-2241
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• Has posted a career-record of 84-48. The 84 wins are the most by a head coach in school history.
• Is the first coach in the history of the Army-Navy game to start his career 8-0 against the rival Service Academy.
• Has led Navy to nine bowl games and five Commander-In-Chief's Trophies in his first 10 years. His five bowl wins are the most in school history.
• In the first two years of being a member of the American Athletic Conference, has led Navy to a shared West Division title in 2015 and an outright title in 2016.
• Has defeated Notre Dame three times, which is tied with Wayne Hardin for the most in school history. Has defeated four Top 25 opponents in his tenure, tied with George Welsh for the second most in school history.
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Office Phone: 410-293-2240
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Pat Owen Golf - Men's
Pat Owen
29th Season
Office Phone: 410-293-9745
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• A nine-time Patriot League Coach of the Year, he has guided the program to seven Patriot League Championship titles, including the 2018 crown. Navy has made 12 trips to the NCAA Championship, including seven under his watch.
• Eight different Navy players have been named the Patriot League Player of the Year after claiming individual medalist honors at the Patriot League Championship.
• Charlie Musto became just the second player in Patriot League history and first from Navy to earn Player and Rookie of the Year recognition in the same season when he accomplished it in 2018.
• Helped develop All-American and 2004 Byron Nelson Award Winner Billy Hurley, who earned his tour card for the 2014 PGA Tour and won his first PGA Tour event in June 2016 at the Quicken Loans National.
• Was the recipient of the 2009 winner of the Labron Harris Sr. Award, presented by E-Z-GO in cooperation with The PGA of America and the Golf Coaches Association of America. The Harris Award is presented to the college or high school coach and PGA Professional whose support of the game through teaching, coaching and involvement in the community has helped ensure the continued growth of the game and who represents the finest qualities the game has to offer.
Bill Roberts Swimming - Men's
Bill Roberts
16th Season
Office Phone: 410-293-3012
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• Has guided Navy to the Patriot League title in each of his 15 seasons.
• The Mids have amassed 179 swimming event titles at the league championship during this time. The team with the second-highest number of titles won has just 40 and the remainder of the league as a whole has won 90 swimming event crowns.
• His swimmers have earned All-America honors in four of his 14 seasons, including Tom Duvall who placed seventh in the 500 free at the 2014 NCAA Championship, and advanced at least one swimmer to seven national championship meets.
• The nine-time Patriot League Coach of the Year also has led Navy to a 158-54 record as head coach.
• Navy also has won nine ECAC titles over the last 10 seasons and Roberts has garnered ECAC Coach-of-the-Year honors eight times.
Nadia Ste-Marie Golf - Women's
Nadia Ste-Marie
Seventh Season
Office Phone: 410-293-9747
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• Has lowered Navy's team scoring average in every season of her coaching tenure, down to a 314.4 in 2017-18.
• A two-time Patriot League Women's Golf Coach of the Year (2015 and 2018).
• Navy was the team runner-up at the 2018 Patriot League Women's Championship and two golfers finished in the top five.
• Had an outstanding collegiate career at both Hawai'i and Florida State, where she was named a first-team All-American and was inducted into the Florida State Athletics Hall of Fame in 2008.
• Competed in the 1988, 1996, 1997 and 1998 U.S. Women's Open, while recording 19 top-10 professional finishes including titles at the du Maurier Ltd. Series in London in 1993 and at the 2006 LPGA TC&P North East Sectional Championship.
John Morrison Swimming - Women's
John Morrison
15th Season
Office Phone: 410-293-3081
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• Navy has won each of the last seven Patriot League titles, as well as eight crowns in the last nine years and nine championships (plus three second-place showings) in the last 12 years.
• His swimmers have won 137 league event titles, which are the most in the league (by 85) during his time on The Yard. The remainder of the league has totaled 114 titles.
• A Navy swimmer has advanced to the NCAA Championship six times since 2008, including 2018.
• The six-time Patriot League Coach of the Year has guided the Mids to a regular season record of 128-33.
• Navy also has won ECAC titles in 2012, '14, '17 and '18 and he himself is a six-time ECAC Coach of the Year.
Kip Simons Gymnastics
Kip Simons
Fourth Season
Office Phone: 410-293-5552
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• Completed his third year at Navy in 2018 with the program's third straight NCAA Championship appearance.
• Navy won a share of the ECAC Championship title and automatic bid to the NCAA Championship with a 423.4-point output in April of 2016. The ECAC title was the first for Navy since 1989 and the NCAA appearance was the first since 2009.
• In 2018, team won the ECAC Championship for its first outright league title since 1989.
• Named the CGA East Regional Coach of the Year in 2017 and 2018, as well as the USAG East Regional Coach of the Year and ECAC Co-Coach of the Year in 2016.
• Competed with the United States Senior National team for four years and earned a spot on the 1996 Olympic team that competed in Atlanta. Winner of the Nissen-Emery Award, as the nation's top senior collegiate gymnast in 1994.

Chris Garner Tennis - Men's
Chris Garner
Fifth Season
Office Phone: 410-293-8725
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• Has guided Navy to a combined 92-49 record in his four seasons on The Yard. This includes a combined (regular season and tournament) 29-5 record against league foes, four berths in the championship match of the Patriot League Tournament and NCAA Tournament appearances in 2015 and '18.
• Spent the previous seven years as the head coach at Amherst, during which time he led the Lord Jeffs to NCAA (DIII) Championships in 2011 and 2014 and to the title match in 2009 and 2010. Amherst also placed third at the 2013 championship and reached the quarterfinal round at the 2012 edition of the event.
• Individually, his players won the 2012 NCAA doubles title and the 2014 NCAA singles crown.
• His Amherst teams posted an overall seven-year record of 199-43 (82.2%), including a 134-16 record (89.3%) over his last four years.
• A standout player in his own right, he earned All-America honors at Georgia before embarking on a professional career that saw him attain an ATP ranking of No. 120 and reach the Round of 16 of the 1993 Australian Open.
Rick Sowell Lacrosse - Men's
Rick Sowell
Eighth Season
Office Phone: 410-293-8779
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• Became just the third coach in NCAA history to lead three different D-I programs to the NCAA Tournament when he led the Mids to the 2016 NCAA Quarterfinals. It was Navy's first NCAA Tournament berth since 2009 and its first NCAA Quarterfinals appearance since 2008.
• Was named the Patriot League Coach of the Year in 2015 and '16 after leading the Mids to Patriot League regular-season crowns in both seasons. Navy had not won a regular-season title since 2008.
• Has led Navy to at least a share of the Patriot League regular-season title in three of the last four seasons (2015, '16, '18).
• Has led the Mids to four consecutive Star Game victories over arch rival Army. The Class of '18 is the first class to post a 4-0 mark in Star Games since the Class of '07.
• Served as an assistant coach for the gold-medal winning Team USA at the 2010 World Championships in England.
Keith Puryear Tennis - Women's
Keith Puryear
11th Season
Office Phone: 410-293-8709
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• The only head coach in the history of the Navy women's tennis program.
• Led Navy to a school-record 27 wins and a 7-0 Star Match sweep of Army West Point in 2018.
• Navy has made six appearances in the Patriot League Championship match, most recently in 2018.
• Owns a 186-65 record during his time at Navy and he holds an overall college tennis coaching record of 629-368.
• Voted as the 2011 Patriot League Coach of the Year, the 13th time in his career he has won conference coach-of-the-year honors.
Cindy Timchal Lacrosse - Women's
Cindy Timchal
12th Season
Office Phone: 410-293-8746
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• Has led Navy to six Patriot League titles and six NCAA Tournament appearances in the program's 11 seasons,
• Led 2017 Mids to the NCAA Final Four, becoming the first Service Academy team from any women's sport to advance to the NCAA Semifinals.
• In 2018, became the first college lacrosse coach to win 500 career games and is the sport's all-time Division I wins leader (509-133).
• Led Maryland to eight NCAA titles, including seven in a row from 1995-2001.
• Was inducted into the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 2012 and the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) inaugural Hall of Fame in 2017.
Jamie Cook Track & Field - Men's
Jamie Cook
Second Season
Office Phone: 410-293-5568
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• Hired in 2017 to replace legendary head coach Stephen Cooksey, coming to Navy after an impressive career as an assistant coach at both Penn and Oregon, where he coached Olympians, National Champions and All-Americans.
• Led the men's track and field team to a sweep of the Patriot League Indoor and Outdoor Championships in his first season as head coach, earning Patriot League Coach of the Year for both the indoor and outdoor seasons.
• Posted a season sweep of Army West Point in his first year at the helm of the track and field program, earning a Star for both the indoor and outdoor competitions.
• Directed the Navy men's track and field team to the IC4A Championship, claiming the title for the first time since winning it in 1973.
• Has directly worked with several athletes in the Olympic Trials and Olympic Games, including a pair of finalists in the 2016 Rio Olympics Devon Allen (United States) and Johnathan Cabral (Canada), who finished fifth and sixth in the 110-meter high hurdles, respectively. Allen and Cabral competed at Navy as individuals during the 2018 indoor track and field season.
Michael Anti Rifle
Michael Anti
Second Season
Office Phone: 410-293-4339
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• Named head coach of the Navy rifle team in May of 2017 after eight years as an assistant coach at the Air Force Academy.
• Over 30 years of experience with shooting, competing and coaching rifle.
• Began his career in high-level competition rifle in 1981 as member of the United States' junior team before moving into the collegiate ranks at West Virginia University. An eight-time All-American in both smallbore and air rifle from 1984 through 1987, Anti won the 1986 NCAA Smallbore Championship.
• A four-time Olympic competitor, Anti suited up for the U.S. at the 1992, 2000, 2004 and 2008 Olympics Summer Games.
• In his first season in 2017-18, the Mids set a new program scoring record (4,683), as well as recorded a program-best finish at the Great American Rifle Conference Championship (3rd place).
Carla Criste Track & Field - Women's
Carla Criste
28th Season
Office Phone: 410-293-5580
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• Her teams own a combined indoor-outdoor 20-6 record against the Black Knights over the past 13 years.
• Has produced two Division I All-Americans while at Navy and has led the Mids to over 300 dual-scored victories.
• Navy has won a combined six Patriot League titles under her guidance, including the 2018 PL Outdoor Track and Field Championship.
• Individually, she has earned six league coach-of-the-year accolades in her career.
• Navy has placed either first or second in 11 of the past 19 Patriot League championship meets (combined indoor and outdoor).
Rob Friedrich Heavyweight Rowing
Rob Friedrich
Seventh Season
Office Phone: 410-293-3658
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• Friedrich enters his seventh season as heavyweight head coach and director of rowing after serving at the Naval Academy since 2001-02.
• In his first year as head coach, Friedrich led Navy to a ninth-place finish as a team at the 2013 IRA National Championships, which was Mids' best finish since 2005. The 2016 team repeated feat with ninth-place finish of its own.
• As senior associate head coach since 2008, Friedrich guided the heavyweight freshman to nearly 60 wins; the Mids' first freshman crew has placed in the top six in each of the last two seasons at the Eastern Sprints and took ninth at the 2012 IRA National Championships.
• Prior to leading the heavyweight freshman crews, Friedrich was the head coach of the lightweight team from 2002-08 where during his seven years as head coach, the varsity boat posted a combined 12-2 in its races for the Callow Cup (Penn) and Haines Trophy (Harvard).
• In 2004, he led the lightweight team to an undefeated season, capped by the program's first IRA title in 42 years.
Paco Labrador Volleyball
Paco Labrador
First Season
Office Phone: 410-293-8724
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• Enters his first season as the head coach of the Mids in the fall of 2018.
• Compiled a 455-71 (86.5%) record in 15 seasons as the head coach at Wittenberg. This includes records of 162-2 in North Coast Athletic Conference regular season matches and 35-1 in the NCAC Tournament. His career winning percentage ranks second among active coaches and third among all coaches across all NCAA divisions.
• The Tigers advanced to the NCAA (DIII) Tournament in all 15 of his seasons (41-14 record), winning the national title in 2011, reaching the championship match three times (2011, '15, '17) and playing in the national semifinals seven times.
• Wittenberg won at least 25 matches in 14 of his 15 seasons and totaled at least 30 victories seven times.
• Was tabbed as the 2011 AVCA National Division III Coach of the Year in 2011, received a pair of region coach-of-the-year nods and was an eight-time recipient of the NCAC Coach-of-the-Year award.
Shawn Bagnall Lightweight Rowing
Shawn Bagnall
Sixth Season
Office Phone: 410-293-2418
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• Bagnall enters his sixth season as head coach of the lightweight rowing team.
• In each of his first five seasons, he's led the program to an IRA National Championship bid. In all four occasions, Navy qualified multiple boats; a first time since 2011. Navy finished fourth overall in the nation as a team in 2018.
• The Mids' varsity four with a coxswain boat won an individual IRA National Championship title in 2017. The gold medal performance was the first for Navy Lightweight Crew since 2012.
• Navy's varsity four without a coxswain crew repeated that IRA National Championship feat in 2018 as the Mids finished first at Lake Carnegie.
• Bagnall has significant experience and success on the international level, as he most recently helped the women's 8+ boat to consecutive gold medals at the 2012 and `13 U-23 World Championships.
Luis Nicolao Water Polo - Men's
Luis Nicolao
First Season
Office Phone: 410-293-3152
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• Hired in January of 2018 to take over the Navy water polo program
• The former Navy water polo standout (USNA '92) and veteran coach returned to Annapolis after an impressive 20-year career as the head coach of the Princeton University men's and women's water polo teams
• During his tenure with the Tigers, he posted a combined 844-312 (.730) record the men's team held a 402-163 (.712) overall mark, while the women amassed a 442-149 (.748) ledger.
• Directed the Princeton men to nine Southern titles, four Eastern crowns, and made four NCAA Tournament appearances, while the women's team won nine Southern titles, four Eastern crowns, and three NCAA berths.
• As a student-athlete at Navy, was a three-time All-American and All-East selection for the Midshipmen, graduating as the school's all-time leader in points (377) and goals scored (282). During the course of his career, Navy won two Eastern Championships and reached the NCAA Tournament on three occasions. In addition, served as the team captain as a senior during the 1991 season.
Rowing - Women's
Joe Schlosberg
Fourth Season
Office Phone: 410-293-2419
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• Completed his third year at Navy by taking the Midshipmen to their fourth straight NCAA Championship and fifth berth in six years.
• LLed Navy to its sixth Patriot League title in program history in 2018.
• Named the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association Region II Coach of the Year in both 2017 and 2018.
• At the 2018 NCAA Championship, the Mids finished a program-best 17th overall.
• Started at Navy in August of 2015 after 14 years on staff at Notre Dame, including last seven as the program's associate head coach. The Irish won 10 straight BIG EAST Conference titles from 2004-13 and competed in six NCAA Championships during Schlosberg's time in South Bend.
Joel Sharratt Wrestling
Joel Sharratt
Fifth Season
Office Phone: 410-293-8961
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• Helped produce Navy's 62nd All-American as Mathew Miller placed fifth (184) at the 2016 NCAA Championship. He is Navy's first All-American since Bryce Saddoris placed seventh (157) at the 2011 NCAA Championship. In his first season at Navy, he saw Peyton Walsh (165) and Jadaen Bernstein (174) win EIWA individual titles and earn NCAA Championship bids. It marked the first time since 2009 that Navy has crowned a pair of EIWA Champions.
• Led Navy to a fifth-place finish at the 2017-18 EIWA Championship where five Mids placed among the top eight of their respective weight classes. Five wrestlers earned NCAA Championship bids, including Bernstein who became just the seventh wrestler in school history to qualify for four NCAA Championships.
• Under Sharratt's watch, Bernstein graduated with a 113-44 career record which stands as the eighth-most wins in school history and most since Saddoris set the record with 147 from 2008-10.
• Sharratt spent six seasons (2001-06) as an assistant coach at the Naval Academy under the tutelage of U.S. Olympic Coach Bruce Burnett before taking the head coaching job at Air Force where he coached eight years (2007-14).
• Was a three-time All-American at the University of Iowa, earning three trips to the NCAA Finals, winning the championship in 1994. Additionally, he was a two-time member of the U.S. National Team, earning the bronze medal at both the 1996 Olympic Trials and 1997 Pan American Championships.
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