LeBlanc to become new assistant at Northern Colorado

GREELEY -- Joe LeBlanc will join Northern Colorado Wrestling Head Coach Troy Nickerson's regime in a new era as he was announced as assistant coach on Monday.

LeBlanc, originally from Meeker, Colo., joins UNC after spending one season as the top assistant coach at Brown University and one season as assistant coach at Indiana University. Prior to his coaching career, LeBlanc was a four-time All-American with the Wyoming wrestling team.

"We are very excited to add Joe LeBlanc to our coaching staff," Nickerson said. "Joe is a Colorado product that has succeed on all levels. He is well connected and well respected in the community. Joe will help with our recruiting and community outreach along with being a great mentor to our upper weights."

LeBlanc left Wyoming as the winningest wrestler in program history with 147 wins, including 18 victories in the NCAA Championships that landed him in the nation's top-six four years in a row. He finished with a 34-3 career record and earned the top seed in the 184 lbs. class in the 2012 NCAA Championships after falling just once in the regular season.

During his stint with Brown, the Bears won three regular season matches while coaching junior 184-pounder Ophir Bernstein to an eighth place finish at the NCAA Championships and an All-American status. LeBlanc also helped five student-athletes qualify for the NCAA Championships while with Indiana. The Hoosiers won nine matches during the regular season.

LeBlanc and his wife, Amanda, have three children. A three-time National Wrestling Coaches Association Academic All-American, LeBlanc graduated from Wyoming with a degree in kinesiology and health promotion in 2012.


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