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Navy's 2015-16 Head Coaches

The Naval Academy Athletic Association has assembled one of the best coaching staffs in America. The 2014-15 season was another successful one for Navy athletics, both on the field of competition and in the classroom. Navy varsity athletic teams sported a .634 winning percentage, won 11 conference titles and earned the Patriot League Presidents' Cup crown for the third time in four years. Those team successes went along with Mids garnering 11 All-America awards, three CoSIDA Academic All-Americans laurels, 12 conference athlete-of-the-year laurels and two conference rookie-of-the-year honors. Navy's coaches also received 14 national or conference coach-of the-year accolades. In the classroom, 25 of Navy's 26 NCAA sponsored sports rank above their respective sports national average in the Academic Progress Rate report that was released in May 2015 and encompassed the 2010-11, 2011-12, 2012-13 and 2013-14 academic years.


Paul Kostacopoulos Baseball
Paul Kostacopoulos
11th Season
Office Phone: 410-293-5571
E-Mail: kostacop@usna.edu
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• In 10 seasons as head coach of the Navy baseball team, Kostacopoulos has become the program's third-winningest head coach with 293 victories in Annapolis.
• Kostacopoulos led Navy to its fifth consecutive Patriot League Tournament appearance in 2015 after winning the regular season with a 13-7 league mark.
• In 2011, Kostacopoulos guided Navy to its ninth NCAA Tournament appearance after the Mids captured both the Patriot League regular season and tournament crowns.
• 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
Eighth Season
Office Phone: 410-293-5617
E-Mail: burman@usna.edu
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• Has led Navy to five ICSA Coed National top-10 finishes in his seven years, including an eighth-place finish in 2015.
• The Navy women's IC Sailing team placed third at the 2014 National Championship, its highest finish in more than 10 years.
• Guided the squad to the 2011 ICSA Sloop National Championship for the first time in 15 years.
• During his six years as head coach, Navy has received 18 national recognitions, including six All-American honors in 2014.
Ed DeChellis Basketball - Men's
Ed DeChellis
Fifth Season
Office Phone: 410-293-2627
E-Mail: dechelli@usna.edu
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• Won 13 game in his fourth season and increased Navy's win total for the third straight year in 2014-15. Navy also doubled its conference win total (8) from the previous season (4).
• Led Navy to three wins over Army in 2014-15, including in the Star Game and the Patriot League Tournament. Navy went 3-0 against Army in a single season for the fifth time in program history.
• Has won 252 games in his 19 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
11th Season
Office Phone: 410-293-5608
E-Mail: tihansky@usna.edu
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• Led the Navy offshore sailing team to the 2012 Kennedy Cup, Intercollegiate Sailing's Big Boat National Championship and the 2014 McMillan Cup, the East Coast's Big Boat Championship.
• 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
Eighth Season
Office Phone: 410-293-5591
E-Mail: pemper@usna.edu
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• Has led Navy three NCAA Tournament appearances (2011, '12, '13) and one WNIT berth (2014).
• 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 each of her seven seasons, and the Mids are the only team to have advanced to at least the semifinal round of the Patriot League Tournament in each of the last seven years.
• Has guided the Mids over her seven seasons to an overall record of 133-89, a Patriot League record of 70-36 and a league tournament mark of 13-4, while her overall head coaching record (17 seasons) is 368-136.
Dave Brandt Soccer - Men's
Dave Brandt
Seventh Season
Office Phone: 410-293-3153
E-Mail: brandt@usna.edu
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• Brandt's career winning percentage of .800 (302-63-33) makes him the winningest active coach at the Division I level.
• Navy's 27 combined wins in 2013 and 2014 are tied for the highest two-year win total in Navy history.
• Led Navy to the NCAA Second Round in 2013 after winning the Patriot League Regular Season and Tournament Championships.
• Was named the NSCAA Mid-Atlantic Region Coach of the Year and the Patriot League Coach of the Year in 2013.
• Won six NCAA Division III titles at Messiah, the second most won by a coach in NCAA history. During his last five years at Messiah, his squads won four national titles (2004, 2005, 2006, 2008).
• Has been named the NSCAA National Coach of the Year four times.
Al Cantello Cross Country - Men's
Al Cantello
48th Season
Office Phone: 410-293-5574
E-Mail: cantello@usna.edu
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• Enters his 53rd season as at the Naval Academy and 48th as head coach of the cross country team.
• Has guided the Mids to six Patriot League titles in seven years.
• Named Patriot League Coach of the Year six times in the last seven seasons (2008-11, 2013-14).
• As the cross country head coach, has posted a career record of 244-70-1, including a 36-10-1 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
23rd Season
Office Phone: 410-293-5562
E-Mail: gabarra@usna.edu
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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 290-133-39, ranks among the top-25 active coaches in the nation for career victories and has led Navy to 20 consecutive winning seasons.
• One of the best players in the history of women's soccer, is both a World Cup and Olympic champion.
• 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
29th Season
Office Phone: 410-293-5579
E-Mail: boyle@usna.edu
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• A four-time conference coach of the year, has guided Navy to four Patriot League titles in the last eight seasons.
• Navy has had a runner compete at the NCAA Championship in two of the past four seasons.
• Has posted a career record of 136-21 in her 28 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
First Season
Office Phone: 410-293-5559
E-Mail: polson@usna.edu
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• First-year coach at USNA takes over a Navy squad that is the defending Collegiate Sprint Football League champion following a dominant 7-0 season in 2014.
• Becomes the 30th head coach in Navy sprint football history.
• Played football at the University of New Mexico for two seasons and graduated in 2002.
• On assignment in Europe in 2010 and 2011, he played with the semi-pro Langen Knights football team in Langen, Germany during free time.
• Joined Marine Corps in 1991.
Ken Niumatalolo Football
Ken Niumatalolo
Eighth Season
Office Phone: 410-293-2241
E-Mail: tully@usna.edu
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• Has posted a career-record of 57-35. The 57 wins is the most wins by a head coach in school history.
• Is the first coach in the history of the Army-Navy game to start his career 7-0 against the rival Service Academy.
• Has led Navy to six bowl games and four Commander-In-Chief's Trophies in his first seven years.
• Joins Eddie Erdelatz and Wayne Hardin as the only Navy coaches to beat Notre Dame in consecutive seasons.
• Was selected to the inaugural class of the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame.
Craig Dawson Squash
Craig Dawson
16th Season
Office Phone: 410-293-2240
E-Mail: cdawson@usna.edu
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• The Midshipmen have flourished under his direction, claiming at least 15 wins in each of his 15 seasons.
• While the program has eclipsed the 20-win marker nine times in its 67-year history, he has led Navy to 20-plus wins seven times including five of the last seven 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.
• 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 15 seasons, he has amassed a 307-128 record.
Pat Owen Golf - Men's
Pat Owen
26th Season
Office Phone: 410-293-9745
E-Mail: powen@usna.edu
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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 qualified for his first major, the U.S. Open, where he tied for 48th.
• 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
13th Season
Office Phone: 410-293-3012
E-Mail: robertsw@usna.edu
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• Has guided Navy to the Patriot League title in each of his 12 seasons.
• The Mids have amassed 150 swimming event titles at the league championship during this time. The team with the second-highest number of titles won has just 26.
• His swimmers have earned All-America honors in four of his 12 seasons, including Tom Duvall who placed seventh in the 500 free at the 2014 NCAA Championship.
• The seven-time Patriot League Coach of the Year also has led Navy to a 128-47 record as head coach.
• Navy also has won six ECAC titles over the last seven seasons and he has garnered ECAC Coach-of-the-Year honors six times.
Nadia Ste-Marie Golf - Women's
Nadia Ste-Marie
Fourth Season
Office Phone: 410-293-9747
E-Mail: stemarie@usna.edu
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• Named the 2015 Patriot League Women's Golf Coach of the Year.
• Lowered Navy's team stroke average by 30 shots after getting her first fully recruited class in 2014-15.
• 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
12th Season
Office Phone: 410-293-3081
E-Mail: morrison@usna.edu
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• Navy has won each of the last four Patriot League titles, as well as won five crowns in the last seven years and six championships in the last nine years.
• His swimmers have won 99 league individual event titles, which are the most in the league (by 47) during his time on The Yard.
• A Navy swimmer has advanced to the NCAA Championship four times since 2008.
• The five-time Patriot League Coach of the Year has guided the Mids to a regular season record of 93-25.
• Navy also has won ECAC titles in 2012 and 2014 and he himself is a three-time ECAC Coach of the Year.
Kip Simons Gymnastics
Kip Simons
First Season
Office Phone: 410-293-5552
E-Mail: simons@usna.edu
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• First-year head coach at USNA takes over a program that finished second at the USAG Collegiate and ECAC Championships, as well as saw two individuals qualify for and compete in the 2015 NCAA Championship.
• Comes to Annapolis after 10 years in charge of the Air Force program.
• At Air Force, the Falcons won six straight USAG National Championship team titles from 2010 through 2015 and collected 28 individual event titles. Coached 15 Air Force gymnasts into NCAA Championship competition over his last five seasons.
• Recipient of five USAG Varsity, four CGA Collegiate Division, two NCAA Regional and two Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Head Coach of the Year honors during his time leading the Falcons.
• 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
Second Season
Office Phone: 410-293-8725
E-Mail: cgarner@usna.edu
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• Guided Navy to a 20-11 record (five losses were to teams that held a national ranking at some point during the season), a Patriot League Tournament title and an NCAA Tournament appearance during his inaugural year on The Yard.
• 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
Fifth Season
Office Phone: 410-293-8779
E-Mail: sowell@usna.edu
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• Became Navy's eighth head men's lacrosse coach in 2012 after successfully reviving programs at Stony Brook, St. John's and Dartmouth.
• Named 2015 Patriot League Coach of the Year after leading the Mids to the Patriot League regular season crown for the first time since 2008. Also led the Mids to their 53rd Star Game victory over archrival 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
Eighth Season
Office Phone: 410-293-8709
E-Mail: puryear@usna.edu
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• The only head coach in the history of the Navy women's tennis program.
• Navy has won at least 20 dual matches in each of the last five seasons.
• Owns a 121-37 record during his time at Navy and he holds an overall record of 564-340.
• 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.
• Navy has made four appearances in the Patriot League Championship match.
• 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
Ninth Season
Office Phone: 410-293-8746
E-Mail: timchal@usna.edu
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• Has led Navy to four Patriot League titles and four NCAA Tournament appearances in the last six seasons.
• Navy earned the No. 8 seed for the 2013 NCAA Tournament and advanced to the second round.
• In 2012, became the first college lacrosse coach to win 400 career games and is the sport's all-time wins leader (460-120).
• 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.
Stephen Cooksey Track & Field - Men's
Stephen Cooksey
28th Season
Office Phone: 410-293-5568
E-Mail: cooksey@usna.edu
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• Has accrued over 300 dual meet victories while at Navy.
• Has guided 13 athletes to a total of 21 All-America honors.
• Has led Navy to 16 league titles and owns a 34-20 record against Army in Star Meets.
• Was an All-America high jumper during his undergraduate career at Indiana State.

Bill Kelley Rifle
Bill Kelley
17th Season
Office Phone: 410-293-4339
E-Mail: bkelley@usna.edu
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• Now entering his 17th year as the Navy rifle head coach, Kelley owns a sterling 150-33 record.
• Kelley has led Navy to the NCAA Championships in 12 of his 16 years as head coach. His teams finished second in air rifle in 2004, 2008 and 2009.
• As a member of the Mid-Atlantic Rifle Conference, Navy won the championship every year in which Kelley was the coach, winning both disciplines in 11 of 13 years.
• Spearheaded Navy's move into the nation's premier rifle league, the Great American Rifle Conference (GARC) prior to the 2014 season. In addition to 2015 NCAA Champion, West Virginia, three other GARC schools finished in the top-10.
• Seventeen different athletes have earned All-America honors under Kelley. Three of them (Lisa Kunzelman, Chris Schneider and Sarah Bergman) were named All-American all four years. In Navy rifle history, just five shooters have accomplished that.
Carla Criste Track & Field - Women's
Carla Criste
25th Season
Office Phone: 410-293-5580
E-Mail: criste@usna.edu
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• Her teams own a combined indoor-outdoor 17-3 record against the Black Knights over the past 10 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 13 Patriot League championship meets (combined indoor and outdoor).
Rob Friedrich Heavyweight Rowing
Rob Friedrich
Fourth Season
Office Phone: 410-293-3658
E-Mail: friedric@usna.edu
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• Friedrich enters his fourth 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.
• 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
Fifth Season
Office Phone: 410-293-8724
E-Mail: bock@usna.edu
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• The winningest coach in NCAA volleyball history, he has led his men's and women's teams to a 1,396-349-4 (79.9%) record in his 44 seasons as a head coach. This includes a 38-year NCAA women's record of 1,296-258 (83.4%).
• Arrived on The Yard after having led Juniata's women's 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.
• 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.
Shawn Bagnall Lightweight Rowing
Shawn Bagnall
Third Season
Office Phone: 410-293-2418
E-Mail: bagnall@usna.edu
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• Bagnall enters his third season as head coach of the lightweight rowing team.
• Has lead the program to back-to-back bids to the IRA National Championships. In both occasions Navy qualified multiple boats; a first time since 2011. Navy finished seventh overall in the nation as a team in 2015.
• Previously served as an assistant coach at Syracuse Universtiy, under his tutelage, several Syracuse freshmen rowers advanced to the first or second varsity boats. In 2012, the varsity crew included two members of Bagnall's 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
Mladen Stanicic Water Polo - Men's
Mladen Stanicic
Third Season
Office Phone: 410-293-3152
E-Mail: stanicic@usna.edu
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• Entering his second full season as head coach after being elevated to the position on Dec. 20, 2013.
• Selected as the 2013 CWPA Southern Division Coach of the Year after guiding the Mids to an 11-6 record following his appointment as the team's interim head coach mid-year.
• Navy won its 14th all-time CWPA Southern Championship in 2013 after coming in as the fifth-seed and winning four games in three days, including victories over the number one, two and four seeds.
• The Mids finished third overall at the 2014 CWPA Championship for the second straight time.
• Prior to 2013, served as an assistant coach under Mike Schofield for eight seasons. As an assistant from 2005-2012 and in 1988, Stanicic aided four Navy squads earn NCAA Tournament bids and 14 Mids get recognized on All-American teams.
Rowing - Women's
Joe Schlosberg
First Season
Office Phone: 410-293-2419
E-Mail:  schlosbe@usna.edu
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• First-year head coach at USNA takes the reigns of a program fresh off its second trip to the NCAA Championship in three years and third Patriot League title.
• Comes to Navy after 14 years on staff at Notre Dame, including last seven as the program's associate head coach.
• Notre Dame had appearances in the NCAA Championship in each of the past four years (2012-15) and six overall during Schlosberg's time in South Bend.
• Notre Dame won 10 straight BIG EAST Conference titles from 2004-13.
• Schlosberg's crews captured 17 individual boat titles in BIG EAST Championship competition.
Joel Sharratt Wrestling
Joel Sharratt
Second Season
Office Phone: 410-293-8961
E-Mail: sharratt@usna.edu
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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.
• 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.
• In 2013-14, led the Falcons to an 11-6-3 record and a third-place finish at the NCAA West Regional. Four Falcons earned NCAA Tournament bids, including Josh Martinez who became just the 12th wrestler in school history to earn an NCAA Tournament bid at least three times.
• 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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