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Navy's 2017-18 Head Coaches

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Paul Kostacopoulos Baseball
Paul Kostacopoulos
13th Season
Office Phone: 410-293-5571
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• In 12 seasons as head coach of the Navy baseball team, Kostacopoulos has become the program's second-winningest head coach with 373 victories in Annapolis.
• Kostacopoulos led Navy to its seventh consecutive Patriot League Tournament appearance in 2017 after winning the regular season title by four games over second place Holy Cross with a 16-4 league mark.
• 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
10th Season
Office Phone: 410-293-5617
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• Has led Navy to seven ICSA Coed National top-10 finishes in his nine years, including an eighth-place finish in 2017.
• 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 each of the last five seasons under Burman.
• Guided the squad to the 2011 ICSA Sloop (Match Racing) National Championship for the first time in 15 years.
• During his nine years as head coach, Navy has received 24 All-America recognitions, including four honors in 2017.
Ed DeChellis Basketball - Men's
Ed DeChellis
Seventh Season
Office Phone: 410-293-2627
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• Led Navy to a 16-16 overall record in 2016-17 and the team made its first Patriot League Tournament semifinal appearance since 2001.
• Led Navy to a 10-8 conference record in 2016-17. It was the fifth straight season Navy increased its conference win total from the previous year.
• Has won 287 games in his 21 years as a collegiate head coach.
• Has completely rebuilt 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
13th 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 seven McMillan Cup titles, the East Coast's Big Boat Championship, in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2015 and 2016.
• 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
10th Season
Office Phone: 410-293-5591
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• Has led Navy three NCAA Tournament appearances (2011, '12, '13) and two WNIT berths (2014, '17). 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) and won the outright regular season crown for the first time in school history (2014) under her guidance.
• 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 eight of her nine seasons, and is the lone team to advance to at least the semifinal round of the Patriot League Tournament eight times in the last nine years.
• Has guided the Mids over her nine seasons to an overall record of 172-114, a Patriot League record of 93-49 and a league tournament mark of 15-6, while her overall head coaching record (19 seasons) is 407-162.
Tim O'Donohue Soccer - Men's
Tim O'Donohue
Second Season
Office Phone: 410-293-3153
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• Completed his first season at Navy in 2016.
• 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 during his tenure.
• Helped UConn advance to three straight NCAA Tournament Quarterfinal appearances (2011-13).
Al Cantello Cross Country - Men's
Al Cantello
50th Season
Office Phone: 410-293-5574
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• Enters his 55th season as at the Naval Academy and 50th as head coach of the cross country team
• Has guided the Mids to eight Patriot League titles over the past nine years.
• 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 246-70- 1, including a 37-10-1 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
25th 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 310-151- 45, ranks among the top-25 active coaches in the nation for career victories and has led Navy to winning campaigns in 21 of 24 seasons.
• One of the best players in the history of women's soccer, is both a World Cup and Olympic champion.Â
• Is also 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
31st 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 in two of the past six seasons.
• Has posted a career record of 152-22 in her 30 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.
Jeff Polson Sprint Football
Jeff Polson
Third Season
Office Phone: 410-293-5559
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• In his first two seasons with Navy, Polson led the Mids to an 11-3 record and a pair of runner-up finishes in the Collegiate Sprint Football League.
• Navy competed in and won a pair of goodwill exhibition games with Heroico Colegio Militar, Mexico's leading military academy in 2015 and 2016.
• Named the 30th head coach in Navy sprint football history in July of 2015.
• Played football at the University of New Mexico for two seasons and graduated in 2002.
• Joined Marine Corps in 1991.
Ken Niumatalolo Football
Ken Niumatalolo
10th Season as head coach; 20th season at Navy
Office Phone: 410-293-2241
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• Has posted a career-record of 77-42. The 77 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 eight bowl games and five Commander-In-Chief's Trophies in his first nine years.
• 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.
• Was selected to the inaugural class of the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame in 2013.
• Led Navy to a school record 11 wins in 2015.
• Has defeated four Top 25 opponents in his tenure, tied with George Welsh for the second most in school history.
• His four bowl wins are the most in school history.
Craig Dawson Squash
Craig Dawson
18th Season
Office Phone: 410-293-2240
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• The Midshipmen have flourished under his direction, claiming at least 15 wins in each of his 17 seasons. While the program has eclipsed the 20-win marker 11 times in its 69-year history, he has led Navy to 20-plus wins nine times including seven of the last nine seasons.
• In 2008-09 guided the Midshipmen to a school-record 27 wins, while in 2006-07 he orchestrated a 10th-place finish at the College Squash Association Team Championship, Navy's best finish during his tenure.
• Helped Tucker George ('08) and Nils Mattsson ('10) hone their skills as Navy's first two All-Americans since 1994.
• Pupils Bill Kacergis and Senen Ubina were crowned the 2015 U.S. Intercollegiate Squash Doubles Champions, while in 2016 Randy Beck and Jack Herold claimed the title..
• Became Navy's all-time winningest coach on Dec. 1, 2012, and claimed his 300th collegiate victory on Nov. 15, 2015, when the Mids defeated Hobart, 9-0. Over 17 seasons, he has amassed a 348-144 record.
Pat Owen Golf - Men's
Pat Owen
28th Season
Office Phone: 410-293-9745
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• An eight-time Patriot League Coach of the Year, he has guided the program to six Patriot League Championship titles, including the 2012 crown.
• Navy has made 11 trips to the NCAA Championship, including six under his watch.
• Helped develop All-American and 2004 Byron Nelson Award Winner Billy Hurley. Hurley 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
15th Season
Office Phone: 410-293-3012
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• Has guided Navy to the Patriot League title in each of his 13 seasons.
• The Mids have amassed 162 swimming event titles at the league championship during this time. The team with the second-highest number of titles won has just 28 and the league as a whole as won 71 event crowns.
• His swimmers have earned All-America honors in four of his 13 seasons, including Tom Duvall who placed seventh in the 500 free at the 2014 NCAA Championship.
• TThe eight-time Patriot League Coach of the Year also has led Navy to a 140-48 record as head coach.
• Navy also has won seven ECAC titles over the last eight seasons and he has garnered ECAC Coach-of-the-Year honors seven times.
Nadia Ste-Marie Golf - Women's
Nadia Ste-Marie
Sixth Season
Office Phone: 410-293-9747
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• Has lowered NavyâÂÂTMs team scoring average in every season of her coaching tenure, down to a 322.2 in 2016-17.
• Named the 2015 Patriot League Women's Golf Coach of the Year.
• Navy placed third at the 2015 Patriot League Women's Championship and four freshmen placed in the top 15.
• 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
14th Season
Office Phone: 410-293-3081
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• Navy has won each of the last six Patriot League titles, as well as seven crowns in the last nine years and eight championships in the last 11 years.
• His swimmers have won 127 league individual event titles, which are the most in the league (by 75) during his time on The Yard. The remainder of the league has totaled 106 titles.
• A Navy swimmer has advanced to the NCAA Championship five times since 2008.
• The six-time Patriot League Coach of the Year has guided the Mids to a regular season record of 110-29.
• Navy also has won ECAC titles in 2012, '14 and '17 and he himself is a five-time ECAC Coach of the Year.
Kip Simons Gymnastics
Kip Simons
Third Season
Office Phone: 410-293-5552
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• Completed his second year at Navy in 2017 with the programâÂÂTMs second 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 2017, Navy gymnasts secured three ECAC and two USAG individual event titles
• Named the 2017 CGA East Regional Coach of the Year, 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
Fourth Season
Office Phone: 410-293-8725
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• Has guided Navy to a combined 64-38 record in his three seasons on The Yard. This includes a combined (regular season and tournament) 19-4 record against league foes, three berths in the championship match of the Patriot League Tournament and an NCAA Tournament appearance during his inaugural year in Annapolis.
• 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
Seventh 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 the Mids to three consecutive Star Game victories over arch rival Army. In 2014, helped guide the Mids back to the Patriot League Tournament for the first time since 2010.
• In his first season at Navy, he led the Mids to an 8-2 win over sixth-ranked Johns Hopkins in what marked the program's largest margin of victory in the series since 1965.
• 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
10th Season
Office Phone: 410-293-8709
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• The only head coach in the history of the Navy women's tennis program.
• Navy has made five appearances in the Patriot League Championship match.
• Owns a 159-59 record during his time at Navy and he holds an overall college tennis coaching record of 602-362.
• In 2013, led Navy to a school-record 25 wins and the team ended the season ranked 10th in the ITA / Mid-Atlantic Regional Rankings.
• Voted as the 2011 Patriot League Coach of the Year, the 13th time in his career he has wonconference coach-of- the-year honors.
Cindy Timchal Lacrosse - Women's
Cindy Timchal
11th Season
Office Phone: 410-293-8746
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• Has led Navy to five Patriot League titles and five NCAA Tournament appearances in the last eight 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 2012, became the first college lacrosse coach to win 400 career games and is the sport's all-time wins leader (491-129).
• 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.
Jamie Cook Track & Field - Men's
Jamie Cook
First Season
Office Phone: 410-293-5568
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• Hired in 2017 to replace legendary head coach Stephen Cooksey
• Came to Navy after anÂimpressive career as an assistant coach at both Penn and Oregon, where he coached Olympians, National Champions and All-Americans.
• Has developed training programs with an emphasis on speed development that have been used by Olympians, as well as players from the NFL, Major League Baseball, and English Premier Soccer League.
• 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.
• In his seven years at Oregon, guided athletes to 27 All-America honors, 18 individual conference titles and six individual NCAA Championships.
Michael Anti Rifle
Michael Anti
First Season
Office Phone: 410-293-4339
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• Named head coach of the Navy rifle team in May of 2017.
• Comes to Annapolis 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.
Carla Criste Track & Field - Women's
Carla Criste
27th Season
Office Phone: 410-293-5580
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• Her teams own a combined indoor-outdoor 19-5 record against the Black Knights over the past 11 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 five Patriot League titles under her guidance.
• Individually, she has earned five league coach-of-the-year accolades in her career.
• Navy has placed either first or second in 10 of the past 17 Patriot League championship meets (combined indoor and outdoor).
Rob Friedrich Heavyweight Rowing
Rob Friedrich
Sixth Season
Office Phone: 410-293-3658
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• Friedrich enters his sixth 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.
Larry Bock Volleyball
Larry Bock
Seventh Season
Office Phone: 410-293-8724
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• The winningest coach in NCAA volleyball history, he has led his men's and women's teams to a 1,425-378- 4 (79.0%) record in his 46 seasons as a head coach. This includes a 40-year NCAA women's record of 1,325-287 (82.2%).
• Arrived on The Yard after having led Juniata's womenâÂÂTMs team to at least 30 wins in his final 31 seasons at the school, including 40-win seasons on 10 different occasions.
• The Eagles competed in each of the 30 NCAA Division III Tournaments played during his tenure, appeared in eight NCAA title matches and won national crowns in 2004 and '06.
• Led Navy to the biggest one-season improvement in league wins (+6 wins) in Patriot League history in 2012, then in 2013, guided Navy to its first winning league record in six seasons and to the program's first back-to- back seasons with at least a .500 record since the 2004-05 seasons.
• The Mids then placed third in the league with an 11-5 record (14-12 overall) in 2014 and advanced to the Patriot League Tournament for the first time in seven seasons, then posted a 20-9 overall record and placed fourth in the league in 2017 with a record of 10-6.
Shawn Bagnall Lightweight Rowing
Shawn Bagnall
Fifth Season
Office Phone: 410-293-2418
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• Bagnall enters his fifth season as head coach of the lightweight rowing team.
• In each of his first four 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 fifth overall in the nation as a team in 2017.
• 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.
• Previously served as an assistant coach at Syracuse, under his tutelage, several Syracuse freshmen rowers advanced to the first or second varsity boats. In 2012, the varsity crew included two members of BagnallâÂÂTMs freshman boat from the previous year; the duo helped the Orange take fifth at the IRA National Championships.
• 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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• Named the head water polo coach at the U.S. Naval Academy in January of 2018.
• Prior to taking the helm for the Mids, Nicolao served as the head coach for both the Princeton University men's and women's water polo programs for 20 seasons.
• Nicolao, the Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches Men's National Coach of the Year in 2004, also has five Eastern Coach of the Year awards split between the men and the women (Men: 2004, `09, `11; Women: 2001, `07).
• As a student-athlete at Navy, Nicolao 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).
• In addition, Nicolao served as the team captain as a senior during the 1991 season.
Rowing - Women's
Joe Schlosberg
Third Season
Office Phone: 410-293-2419
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• Completed his second year at Navy by taking the Midshipmen to their third straight NCAA Championship and fourth berth in five years.
• Led Navy to its fifth Patriot League title in program history in 2017.
• Named the 2017 Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association Region II Coach of the Year.
• At the 2016 NCAA Championship, the Mids finished a program-best 19th overall.
• Started at Navy in August of 2015 after 14 years on staff at Notre Dame, including last seven as the programâÂÂTMs 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
Fourth Season
Office Phone: 410-293-8961
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• Hired as Navy's head coach in April 2014 after serving as the head coach at Air Force for the last eight seasons.
• 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 2016-17 EIWA Championship where six Mids placed among the top eight and two were among the top three. Four wrestlers earned NCAA Championship bids, including Bernstein who made his third trip.
• Prior to serving as head coach at Air Force, spent six seasons as an assistant coach at the Naval Academy under the tutelage of U.S. Olympic Coach Bruce Burnett.
• 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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