WEST POINT, N.Y. -- Army West Point head wrestling coach Kevin Ward has announced the addition of assistant coach Joe DeAngelo to his staff.
DeAngelo spent last season as a volunteer assistant at Clarion University. In addition to coaching the lightweights, he assisted with recruiting, fundraising, scheduling, and setting up practices with the Golden Eagles. He also coordinated community and alumni events for the team. DeAngelo worked closely with Jake Gromackie and Brock Zacherl, who both earned bids to the NCAA Championships after placing second at the Eastern Wrestling League Championships.
"I couldn't be happier to welcome Joe to our staff," Ward said. "He is an energetic, hard-working, and passionate young coach who will have a positive impact on our program and the lives of our cadet-athletes. He has been a part of some very impressive wrestling programs, and we will look to Joe to have an immediate impact on our lightweights and a large role in our recruiting efforts as we continue to bring in some of the most accomplished and most driven young wrestlers in the country."
Prior to Clarion, DeAngelo served as a volunteer assistant at Hofstra in 2015-16. With the Pride, he played a pivotal role with NCAA qualifier Jamel Hudson who advanced to the second day of the national championships by winning in wrestlebacks.
"I am beyond excited to work with Kevin and the rest of the staff at West Point," DeAngelo said. "I have heard nothing but great things that they have accomplished with this program, and I'm excited to play a role in the future success of Army wrestling."
DeAngelo graduated from North Carolina State University in 2015 with a bachelor's degree in Religious Studies after earning his associate's degree at Nassau Community College in 2012. DeAngelo qualified for NCAAs twice while wrestling for the Wolfpack at 125 pounds. He placed fifth in the 2013 Atlantic Coast Conference Championships to earn an automatic berth and then placed fourth in the 2015 ACC Championship to receive an at-large bid.
DeAngelo, who was selected the Wolfpack's team captain in 2014-15, was named the North Carolina State Most Valuable Wrestler after joining the team at mid-season in 2013, Redshirt of the Year in 2014 after recording a 27-4 and placing no lower than third in all seven open tournaments, and was selected ACC Wrestler of the Week in February, 2015 after posting two victories over nationally-ranked opponents. He also earned University National Freestyle All-American honors by placing fourth and was a finalist at the National Collegiate Open in 2014.
At Nassau CC, DeAngelo earned All-America honors by placing seventh at the National Junior College Athletic Association Wrestling Championships in 2012. He also earned NJCAA Academic All-America honors that year.
Active on the club and camp circuits, DeAngelo has coached in the Pop and Flo Nationals and the Wake Forest Wrestling Club since 2014 and the Vougar Hall of Fame Wrestling Club and the Nassau Kettlebell Program in 2011-12. He also has extensive camp experience having worked at the Journeyman Wrestling Camp, Bob Guzzo's World Class Wrestling Camp, the Havelock Wrestling Camp, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Wrestling Camp and the North Carolina State Wrestling Camp.
DeAngelo has also been doing personalized coaching since 2010 which has resulted in three All-American performers and three state championship finishes along with numerous state place-winners.
A native of Burlington, N.C., DeAngelo currently resides in Highland Falls, N.Y.
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