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Haught named to Virginia Tech coaching staff

Jared Haught gets his hand raised after winning in the NCAA semifinals in 2018 (Photo/Tony Rotundo, WrestlersAreWarriors.com)

BLACKSBURG -- Virginia Tech head wrestling coach Tony Robie announced Tuesday that Hokie great Jared Haught has been added to his staff as the volunteer assistant coach.

With the addition of Haught, Ty Walz has been promoted from volunteer assistant to director of performance-wrestling

"Jared Haught embodies every quality that we are looking for as a member of our staff and he'll be a great example for our team," said Robie. "Jared's success on the mat speaks for itself and his work ethic, commitment and toughness are legendary in our wrestling room. He loves to train and he'll be a great assist to our upperweights. The addition of Jared also allows Ty Walz to focus even more on training as he enters his second year on the national team. Overall, adding Jared to our coaching staff is a home run. "

Haught was a two-time ACC champion, four-time NCAA qualifier and a three-time All-American for the Hokies from 2014-18. As a senior, Haught became only the second Tech wrestler and the first West Virginia native to make it to a national final when he reached the championship match at 197 pounds at the 2018 NCAA Championships in Cleveland. Haught and his wife, Morgan, reside in Blacksburg.

Walz, a three-time All-American who has served as volunteer assistant the past two seasons, recently made his second-consecutive senior men's freestyle national team at 97 kg. As teammates, Walz and Haught played key roles on Virginia Tech's 2016 team that finished fourth in the nation at the NCAA Championships.

With the addition of Haught, Tech's staff is now made up of five coaches who have racked up 14 All-America honors in their careers. Haught, Robie and assistant coaches Jared Frayer and Cody Brewer all wrestled in NCAA finals at their respective weight classes.

The Hokies return two All-Americans from last year's squad in David McFadden and national champion Mekhi Lewis. Tech's incoming freshman class is made up of multiple top 100 prospects and has been ranked as a consensus top-five class according to FloWrestling, InterMat and The Open Mat.

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