Cooperman joins Rutgers staff
University Sports Information
has returned to his
home state of New Jersey to coach Rutgers
PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Rutgers head wrestling coach Scott Goodale has announced the hiring of Cory Cooperman (Ithaca, N.Y.) as an assistant coach.
has been a part of a winner and great teams wherever he
has been at as a competitor at Blair Academy and Lehigh University
and as a coach at Cornell
is a New Jersey guy who understands how important this sport is to this state.
This is another step in the right direction of what we are trying to accomplish at Rutgers
and that is to wrestle and compete at a very high level."
, a former three-time All-American and three-time Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association (EIWA) champion, brings a wealth of wrestling experience to the staff.
has spent the last three seasons as an assistant at Cornell
, which has been nationally ranked each season and finished fifth in the nation at the 2009 NCAA Championships last month while holding a No. 2 national ranking for part of the season.
Cooperman oversaw the Big Red's recruiting efforts while primarily training the program's light and middle weight wrestlers.
on the staff, the program produced three EIWA and Ivy League team titles
, 12 All-Americans and two National Champions.
was a standout wrestler at Lehigh
, earning All-America honors in 2004, 2005 and 2006 while taking home the 141-pound weight class title at the EIWA Championships in 2003, 2005 and 2006.
was also crowned the Southern Scuffle champion in 2006 and was an alternate for the 2002 Junior World Team.
attended wrestling powerhouse Blair Academy
in Blairstown, N.J. where he
was a four-time Prep National Champion from 1999-2001.
was ranked as the No. 1 high school wrestler in the nation at 125 pounds and captained Blair Academy's
national championship team in 2001.
has also participated as a counselor in several wrestling camps and devoted his
time as a volunteer for several inner city youth organizations.
joins John Leonardis on Goodale's
coaching staff for the 2009-10 season.