Mike Grey celebrates after Yianni Diakomihalis wins his second straight NCAA title (Photo/Tony Rotundo, WrestlersAreWarriors.com)
ITHACA, N.Y. -- In advance of the 2019-20 season, Mike Grey '11 has been elevated to the role of associate head coach. Grey has served the Cornell wrestling program in an assistant coaching role for the past eight years, spending two years as a volunteer assistant prior to being named a full-time assistant coach in 2013.
"I'm excited," said Grey. "It's an honor, and I feel privileged to be named the associate head coach. It shows the confidence that Rob (Koll) has in me and it's a testament to how I've done as a coach over the past eight years."
Grey has been instrumental in working with Cornell's lightweights during his tenure, molding the careers of four-time All-American and 2016 NCAA champion Nahshon Garrett, two-time national champion Yianni Diakomihalis and 2019 All-American Vitali Arujau, among others.
With Grey on staff, Cornell has amassed a 100-20 dual meet record with a perfect 40-0 mark in Ivy League competition. Grey has assisted the program in reaching new heights, helping the Big Red to eight Ivy League titles, six EIWA titles and eight NCAA top 10 team finishes. Big Red athletes have won nine NCAA titles, 31 All-America honors, 29 EIWA titles and 39 first-team All-Ivy honors over that span.
"I've been at Cornell with the wrestling program for 14 years, and it's like home to me," said Grey. "There are so many great people in the Cornell athletics family, at Cornell University and in the Ithaca community that make my family feel welcome."
Prior to his time on the coaching staff, Grey helped lead the Big Red to consecutive second-place finishes at the 2010 and 2011 NCAA Championships as a student-athlete. A two-time All-American, Grey capped his collegiate career with a 117-30 record and four All-Ivy first team selections.
Grey graduated from Cornell in 2011 with a B.A. in Development Sociology, and currently resides in Ithaca with his wife, Kaille, and son, Declan.