Michigan adds MAC Coach of the Year Bolyard to staff

David Bolyard

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- University of Michigan wrestling head coach Sean Bormet announced Monday (July 9) the addition of former Eastern Michigan head coach David Bolyard to the Wolverines' coaching staff. Bolyard, the 2017-18 Mid-American Conference Coach of the Year, will serve as U-M's volunteer coach and on staff with the Cliff Keen Wrestling Club.

"Our staff is incredibly excited about Dave," said Bormet. "He immediately brings a wealth of experience and wide range of skill sets to our program. I value his passion for wrestling and commitment to develop student-athletes. We are fortunate to have him joining us at Michigan."

"I am grateful to Sean Bormet for giving me the opportunity to continue my coaching career at such a prestigious university," said Bolyard. "The University of Michigan attracts some of the best student-athletes in the country, and I am looking forward to working with Sean and his staff to help them achieve their goals."

Bolyard served four years at the helm of the Eastern Michigan program and, in 2017-18, coached the Eagles to one of the most successful seasons in school history before the program was cut three days after the NCAA Championships. EMU claimed third place at the 2018 MAC Championships, sending four wrestlers to their respective finals and tying a program record with five NCAA qualifiers. Sa'Derian Perry became the fifth NCAA All-American in program history and first since 1999.

Bolyard's teams were also successful in the classroom, placing 11th or better in the NWCA All-Academic standings in each of his four seasons, including a first-place finish in 2015. The Eagles boasted 24 Academic All-MAC team members while six earned NWCA All-Academic honors over his tenure.

Before ascending to EMU's head coaching position, Bolyard spent seven seasons as the Eagles' top assistant and two as a graduate assistant at his alma mater, Central Michigan.

During a standout collegiate career at CMU (2002-05), Bolyard claimed NCAA All-America honors in 2004 after placing sixth at 165 pounds and was a four-time NCAA qualifier. A 2005 MAC individual champion, he posted a 109-38 career record, including a then-record 21 straight wins as a senior, and still ranks 10th among CMU's all-time wins leaders.

Bolyard, a native of Akron, Ohio, earned a bachelor's degree in entrepreneurship from Central Michigan in 2005 and a master's degree in athletic administration in 2008. He and his wife, Amanda, have two children, Maddox and Scarlett, and live in Saline, Michigan.


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