PITTSBURGH -- Former Pitt wrestler Tyler Nauman has been added to the wrestling coaching staff for the upcoming season as a volunteer assistant, head coach Jason Peters announced Monday.
"It's exciting to have someone who had so much success on the mat during his career at Pitt come back and teach our guys," Peters said. "He will bring more confidence and a winning attitude to our team."
Nauman returns to the University of Pittsburgh after various coaching stints at the collegiate, club and high school levels, including Team Nauman Wrestling Club, South Park High School and Drexel University.
"Having the opportunity to come back and coach at Pitt where I wrestled has been a dream of mine since the day I left," Nauman said. "Pitt provided me with a number of great opportunities and I'm happy to be able to provide these same opportunities to all current and future Panthers. I hope to bring a lot of new energy and focus to the wrestlers and program, leading to many national champions and All-Americans."
During his time as a Panther, Nauman etched his name in the record book after amassing the third-most wins (141) and falls (39) in a career. He was also a two-time All-American, four-time NCAA qualifier, four-time EWL champion and joined an elite group of Pitt wrestlers after collecting a perfect 18-0 record against EWL opponents during the 2009-10 season.
Pitt returns five of six NCAA qualifiers from a year ago to a team that finished 10-7 overall and was ranked among the top 25 in the USA Today/NWCA Coaches Poll for nine straight weeks.