Anthony Ashnault at the 2019 NCAA Finals (Photo/Tony Rotundo; WrestlersAreWarriors.com)
Today Rutgers announced that the school's most decorated wrestler would assume a role on the Scarlet Knights coaching staff for the 2021-22 season. Four-time All-American and national champion Anthony Ashnault will be formally named a coach at his alma mater. Ashnault rewrote the record book for Rutgers wrestling, becoming the first four-time AA and freshman All-American in school history. He, along with Nick Suriano, won Rutgers' first national championships during the 2018-19 season. After three All-American seasons at 141 lbs, Ashnault moved up to 149 for his final campaign and went a perfect 32-0. His 124 wins represent a school high.
Ashnault replaces long-time assistant coach John Leonardis on the Rutgers staff. Earlier this spring, it was announced that Leonardis was stepping down from his post on the coaching staff to run the Scarlet Knights Wrestling Club.
Anthony's position will be a full-time spot which allows him to participate in off-campus recruiting. Ashnault's exploits with Rutgers have made him a legendary figure in New Jersey wrestling, so his addition will undoubtedly provide a spark with recruiting. He also has dabbled in wrestling media with his "Mobbin' Media" Rokfin page. His knowledge of youth and high school wrestling, inside and outside of New Jersey, should be useful on the recruiting trail.
In addition, Ashnault participated at the 2021 Olympic Trials after winning gold at the 2020 Pan-American Championships. He should be a factor domestically for future world team's at 70 kgs.