Tony Ramos talks to Austin O'Connor before the semifinals of the NCAAs (Photo/Tony Rotundo, WrestlersAreWarriors.com)
CHAPEL HILL -- North Carolina wrestling coach Coleman Scott announced Tuesday the promotion of Tony Ramos to associate head coach and the addition of volunteer assistant Jordan Oliver to the 2019-20 wrestling staff.
Ramos, a 2014 NCAA champion and two-time USA world team member has been with the program since 2016 and spent 2018 as the team's assistant coach. Oliver is a four-time All-American at Oklahoma State, where he won a pair of NCAA championships for the Cowboys in 2011 and 2013.
"I'm excited to have Tony continue to play a big role in our program," Scott said on Ramos' promotion. "We have a lot of exciting things going on in Chapel Hill and he makes us better with his work with our team both on and off the mat. Tar Heel wrestling as a whole is ready to keep making waves, and Tony is a major contributor of that progress."
After the 2019 U.S. World Team Trials, Ramos officially retired from wrestling after a decorated career. His accomplishments include a pair of world team spots and three U.S. Open titles (2014, 2016, 2017).
"This is an exciting opportunity to continue to build something great here in Chapel Hill," Ramos said. "We have a talented group of guys and an incredible support staff. North Carolina wrestling is starting to become a national name, and that's been our plan for a few years now. I'm ready to be at Carolina for a long time and start putting more national champions up on the wall."
Jordan Oliver gets in on a shot against Yianni Diakomihalis in the U.S. Open semifinals (Photo/Sandy Slater)
Oliver, who joined the Tar Heel Wrestling Club in August, will take over the team's volunteer assistant duties. In addition to his decorated career at Oklahoma State, he has been on the United States National Team four times.
"Jordan is exactly the type of wrestling mind we want to have here in our room," Scott said. "He is going to make our guys and our staff better with everything he does. He always works to the maximum and we're going to have a lot of our guys improving because of what Jordan brings to the table."