Jared Frayer coaching at the NCAAs (Photo/John Sachs, Tech-Fall.com)
BLACKSBURG -- Head coach Tony Robie announced Wednesday that Jared Frayer, who enters his third season with the Virginia Tech wrestling program, will be promoted to associate head coach.
Since his return to coaching in 2017-18, Frayer has developed a national reputation as an ace recruiter and has played a critical role in continuing the Hokies' run of consistent success nationally and in the ACC.
"I am excited to announce Jared's promotion to associate head coach. He is very deserving of the title," said Robie. "In a relatively short time with Virginia Tech wrestling, he has made a significant impact on every area of our program. The future is very bright and Coach Frayer has played a major role in creating that."
This past season, Frayer played a critical role in mentoring Mekhi Lewis, who won a 2018 Junior World title in freestyle competition and a 2019 NCAA championship, the first in program history. Frayer traveled with Lewis to Slovakia for the Junior World championships where he won a gold medal at 74 kg in his first international freestyle tournament. During the college season, Frayer worked closely with Lewis again on his way to winning the national title at 165 pounds.
Along with Lewis, Frayer coached two other All-Americans and ACC Champions in David McFadden and Zack Zavatsky. The Hokies finished in the top 11 at the NCAA Championships for the eighth consecutive season and placed in the top two at ACCs for the seventh straight year. This year's recruiting class that Frayer helped gather was a consensus top five ranked recruiting class in the nation.
Frayer helped lead Tech to the 2018 ACC championship in his first season in Blacksburg. He coached three All-Americans and five ACC champions in a year where the Hokies finished 10th at nationals.