NEW YORK -- Joe Nord has been promoted to the David and Michael Barry Assistant Coach of Wrestling, announced today by the Andrew F. Barth Head Coach of Wrestling, Zach Tanelli.
Nord spent the last season as the volunteer assistant coach, working primarily with the upper weight classes while helping in the development of NCAA Qualifier and first team All-Ivy League selection Garrett Ryan.
"I am thrilled to announce the addition of Joe Nord to our staff as the David and Michael Barry Assistant Coach of Wrestling," said Tanelli. "Joe brings value in multiple facets to Columbia University and will help guide our men both on and off the mat to become even more successful. His experience wrestling collegiately and internationally, coaching multiple top-10 NCAA Championship teams, as well as earning his Master's degree in business administration make him a perfect fit for moving this program forward in the direction I envision."
"He will be instrumental in developing our upper weights with his hands on approach to coaching, while being a great mentor and role model to our team with his tremendous character."
Nord began his tenure with the Lions prior to the beginning of the 2015-16 season, after spending two years on staff at the University of Minnesota.
"I am honored," said Nord. "I cannot thank Zach Tanelli, our administration, and our program's supporters enough for the opportunity to coach at such an esteemed program. The impact that Columbia University has had in wrestling, athletics, academics, and society as a whole, is monumental. I am very confident that this staff and the individuals on this team are going to reach a level of success that this program has yet to see. It is going to be an exciting time for Columbia Wrestling and I am thrilled to be part of it."
During his time with the Gophers, Joe helped with the day-to-day operations of the program while also coaching, training and competing himself. At Minnesota, Nord helped the wrestling team to two top-10 NCAA Championship finishes including a runner-up team finish at the 2014 NCAAs. From 2014 to 2015 Joe competed in many international tournaments including the Dave Schultz Memorial, the Minnesota Storm Holiday Cup and the Men's US Open in freestyle.
Prior to returning to his alma mater, he spent the previous two years as an assistant coach at Gardner-Webb University in North Carolina, where he also obtained his Master's degree in Business Administration.
Nord wrestled for the Gophers from 2006-11, competing at both 197 and heavyweight. He was a four-time letterwinner and the recipient of the Verne Gagne Scholarship/Leadership Award as a senior.
A native of Waconia, Minnesota, Nord won state championships in 2005 and 2006. He also earned high school All-American honors in both folkstyle and freestyle. Nord graduated from the University of Minnesota in the spring of 2011 with a degree in Business Marketing Education and Applied Economics.
Along with Nord, Steve Santos will also continue to guide the Columbia Wrestling program, staying on as the John Huemer Assistant Coach of Wrestling.