PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Rutgers wrestling head coach Scott Goodale added four-time NJSIAA placewinner and former University of North Carolina wrestler Kyle Kiss as the program's recruiting coordinator. Kiss, who spent the past four seasons as an assistant at Clarion, replaces Harry Turner, who was named the first-ever head coach at Division III New Jersey City University earlier this summer.
"We're excited to bring Kyle on staff," Goodale said. A Jersey guy who has successfully wrestled at the highest level of the sport, Kyle will be a tremendous asset in our recruiting efforts as we continue to look for the best athletes in the country to compete here at Rutgers."
Kiss served as an assistant coach at Clarion from 2015-19, where he led the Golden Eagles' recruiting efforts under head coach Keith Ferraro. Clarion produced 10 NCAA qualifiers during Kiss' time with the program, including four during the 2017-18 campaign. With the help of Kiss, the Golden Eagles sent two or more wrestlers to nationals in each of the past four seasons.
Prior to his arrival at Clarion, Kiss served as an assistant at North Carolina during the 2014-15 season. While at UNC, Kiss worked closely with the middle weights and coached five national qualifiers, including All-American 165-pounder Ethan Ramos.
Kiss enjoyed a successful collegiate career wrestling at North Carolina from 2007-11, where he compiled 70 victories during his time in Chapel Hill. A three-time ACC placewinner, Kiss muscled 22 victories as a junior in 2009-10 and added 19 wins during his senior season in 2010-11.
A native of Loch Arbour, New Jersey and a 2007 graduate of Ocean Township, Kiss was a four-time NJSIAA placewinner. He was a two-time Beast of the East finalist and was also a state finalist as a senior.
Rutgers is coming off an historic 2018-19 campaign which was capped by the program's first individual NCAA titles from Anthony Ashnault and Nick Suriano, as well as its first top-10 finish at the national tournament. Rutgers wrestled to a 12-6 dual record, which included wins over three ranked foes - No. 10 Wisconsin, No. 19 Princeton and No. 20 Purdue. RU returns five national qualifiers next season, including Suriano, who secured a 29-3 record to go along with his Big Ten and NCAA titles.