Jason Chamberlain shoots on Reece Humphrey at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials (Photo/Tony Rotundo, WrestlersAreWarriors.com)
FRESNO, Calif. -- The Fresno State wrestling staff continues to take shape as head coach Troy Steiner announced the hiring of Jason Chamberlain as an assistant coach on Tuesday.
"Jason is young and eager to learn and we are happy to add him to the Fresno State wrestling program," said head coach Troy Steiner. "He is still training and competing so he brings that leadership to the young team that we are going to have. He will be able to show them how to train at the highest level and he will bring that leadership to the team. He is a great competitor and a two-time All-American and has done real well at the international level so he brings a wealth of knowledge as a competitor and the student-athletes will see him training with a purpose and hopefully feed into that work ethic and follow suit."
Chamberlain arrives at Fresno State after a lengthy wrestling career filled with numerous accolades. A 2013 graduate of Boise State with a degree in health sciences, Chamberlain was a two-time All-American and a three-time Pac-12 champion at 149 pounds as a Bronco.
"Being one of the first programs to bring back Division I wrestling, I wanted to be apart of that unique opportunity and help nuture it and build a program," said Chamberlain. "I think that fits my personality to build and I have known Coach Steiner and Silva for awhile and I thought I would be a good fit here. It is well known that the Fresno Valley is a hotbed for high school talent and I believe Fresno State has an excellent opportunity to have a good program quickly."
He compiled a 107-23 overall record during his four years at Boise State finishing third at the NCAA Championships in 2011 and was the runner-up at the 2013 NCAA Championships falling by a narrow 3-2 margin to two-time national champion Jordan Oliver of Oklahoma State.
Chamberlain earned the 2013 Pac-12 Male Athlete of the Year as a senior and qualified for the NCAA Tournament in all four of his seasons. After competing in his first three years at Boise State, he took a redshirt season in 2011-12 and earned a spot on the University World Team after winning the University Freestyle National Championship at 66kg/145.5lbs.
After his collegiate career was over, Chamberlain continued to compete in freestyle most notably winning the Pan American Championship in 2015 at 65kg/143lbs. He also claimed the Paris Grand Prix silver medal and qualified for the Olympic Trials in both 2012 and 2016.
Since leaving Boise State in 2013, Chamberlain has spent the last three years coaching and training at the Nebraska Wrestling Training Center in Lincoln, Neb. In addition to training, he has coached and learned alongside 2012 Olympic Gold medalist and two-time World Champion Jordan Burroughs. He has also worked with the University of Nebraska wrestling program coaching technique and organizing individual workouts for the student-athletes.
"Being from Boise State, they were a growing program when I got there and we were able to be very successful so I saw as a student-athlete what it takes for a program to build into that," added Chamberlain on how his experience as a Bronco will benefit his time with the Bulldogs. "My time at Nebraska has also benefited me since I have seen what it is like to be at an established program in the Midwest and they have everything set in place and top resources so it has allowed me to see both worlds and what we want to accomplish here."
A native of Springville, Utah, Chamberlain was a four-time Utah State Champion at Springville High School from 2005-2008. He compiled a prep career record of 191-2 and holds the state record for most wins as a prep He earned the Dave Shultz High School Excellence National Award and Asics Wrestler of the Year as a senior in 2008.
He and his wife Abbey have two daughters, Violet (5) and Kitt (six months).
2013-16 - Coach/Athlete, Nebraska Wrestling Training Center
2008-13 - Student-Athlete, Boise State