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    George Mason Hires Dean Heil as Head Assistant Coach

    George Mason announced a huge hiring today as they have brought out two-time NCAA champion Dean Heil as the team's head assistant coach. 

    Heil got his coaching career off to a start in 2019-20 as a volunteer assistant on the Campbell staff, while his younger brother, Josh, was competing for the Camels. Once Cary Kolat left to take the head coaching position at the Naval Academy, Heil followed to train out of the Navy-Marine Corps RTC. Heil originally came to Campbell as the team’s Director of Operations in 2018. 

    Despite finishing his collegiate career in 2018, Heil has been very active on the Senior level and last competed next to the campus of George Mason University at the 2024 Last Chance Qualifier for the Olympic Team Trials. Heil earned a spot in the World Team Trials in 2021 and was seventh at the US Open in 2022. He qualified for the WTT's on four occasions, along with the 2016 Olympic Trials. 

    Heil wrestled collegiately at Oklahoma State University where he was a three-time All-American and two-time champion. As a freshman, Heil took fourth in the 141 lb bracket at the 2015 national tournament. A year later, he grabbed his first national championship by defeating Bryce Meredith, then repeated in 2017 being George DiCamillo. He would miss out on the podium as a senior losing to freshman Yianni Diakomihalis in the NCAA quarterfinals. 

    George Mason is coming off a third place finish in the MAC (112.5 points) and sent three wrestlers to Kansas City for the NCAA Championships. All three are slated to return in 2024-25. The Patriots are led by Frank Beasley who is entering his eighth season at the helm for GMU.

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