Chris Perry and Zack Esposito coaching at NCAAs (Photo/Tony Rotundo, WrestlersAreWarriors.com)
STILLWATER -- Oklahoma State wrestling coach John Smith announced changes to his coaching staff on Wednesday.
Former volunteer assistant coach Chris Perry will be elevated to the assistant coach post, while former Cowboy standout Tyler Caldwell will be brought on as recruiting coordinator and Wisconsin product Isaac Jordan has been hired as a volunteer assistant coach.
"I'm excited to announce the promotion of Chris Perry to a full-time assistant coach, as well as the hiring of Tyler Caldwell and Isaac Jordan to our staff," Smith said. "As athletes, all three have shown their dedication to success on the mat, and each will be an asset in continuing the development of our student-athletes moving forward.
"We are happy to keep Chris and Tyler here in Stillwater where both excelled during their collegiate careers on and off the mat. I am also thrilled to welcome Isaac to Oklahoma State after a successful career at Wisconsin."
Perry steps into his new role as assistant coach after serving as a volunteer assistant for two seasons following two years as a club coach for the Pokes. During his time in the coaching ranks at Oklahoma State, Perry has helped oversee a pair of national championships from 141-pounder Dean Heil in 2016 and 2017, along with Alex Dieringer's third NCAA Championship in 2016 at 165 pounds.
As a wrestler at Oklahoma State, Perry won back-to-back NCAA titles at 174 pounds under the direction of John Smith in 2013 and 2014. The Stillwater native produced a dominant 28-4 record with 14 bonus-point wins. He was a four-time Big 12 champion, the 2014 Big 12 Championship's Outstanding Wrestler and a three-time All-American.
Tyler Caldwell takes over as recruiting coordinator after a successful collegiate career at Oklahoma State and Oklahoma. After his graduation from OSU, Caldwell served as a volunteer assistant coach at West Virginia during the 2015-16 season. As a collegiate wrestler, Caldwell was a two-time NCAA finalist and four-time All-American. Transferring to Stillwater from Oklahoma for the 2013 season, he finished his career at 87-16 overall, including a 63-9 record at OSU.
After an impressive career at Wisconsin, Isaac Jordan makes his way to Stillwater to assume the role of volunteer assistant coach. At Wisconsin, Jordan was a four-time All-American and two-time Big Ten champion wrestling primarily at 165 pounds. Jordan's four All-America honors include a runner-up finish in 2016. As a Badger, Jordan racked up an all-time record of 113-18, which sits as the sixth-highest winning percentage in program history.