COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Former two-time All-American and University of Maryland wrestling alumnus Jimmy Sheptock ('14) will join the Terrapin staff this year as an assistant coach as announced by head coach Kerry McCoy Monday. Sheptock returns to his alma mater after a two-year stint at Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pa.
"I'm excited to be back at Maryland and help out the program that gave me so much," said Sheptock. "This is a fantastic opportunity for me and I want to thank Coach McCoy for bringing me back to College Park. I'm ready to get to work and see what the future holds."
Sheptock helped guide the Dragons to their most dual meet victories (10) since the 2008-09 this past year, including a six-match win streak to end the season. The Dragons had six wrestlers reach the podium at the 2016 Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association Championships, the most since joining the conference. Sheptock helped guide two Drexel wrestlers to EIWA titles while seven Dragons qualified for the NCAA Championships under his tutelage.
During his time at Drexel, Sheptock was responsible for the squad's day-to-day operations including practice planning, travel arrangements and marketing promotions for the team.
"We're thrilled to have Jimmy back here at Maryland as a part of our staff," said Kerry McCoy. "Jimmy is one of the best wrestlers to ever put on a Terrapin uniform, and will be a great example for our guys. Having coached him I know what kind of energy and focus he brings to the mat everyday, and he's done some big things at Drexel the past two seasons. It's exciting to bring a former Terp like Jimmy on board with our program. I'm looking forward to the season ahead."
Sheptock finished his Maryland career as one of the most accomplished wrestlers in program history as a three-time ACC Champion, three-time NCAA qualifier and two-time All-American at 174 and 184 pounds. The Northhampton, Pa. native amassed a 129-20 all-time record as a Terp, and was a perfect 51-0 in dual matches with 67 total bonus-point victories.
Sheptock's 2013-14 season was one of the greatest individual runs in Maryland wrestling history, as he finished 32-1 and as the NCAA finalist, ACC Champion and Midlands Champion. He became the first-ever Maryland wrestler to obtain the No. 1 seed at the NCAA Championships and earn a No. 1 national ranking. Sheptock became just the fourth Terp to finish in the top-two in school history, and the first since Gobel Kline won the national championship in 1969.
Sheptock earned his Masters of Sports Management while he was at Drexel and graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Communication from Maryland.