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Columbia hires Mack as volunteer assistant coach

Shelton Mack

NEW YORK -- Andrew F. Barth Head Coach of Wrestling Zach Tanelli, on Wednesday, July 17, announced the addition of a new member to the Columbia Wrestling coaching staff, with the hiring of Shelton Mack as a Volunteer Assistant Coach for the upcoming 2019-20 season.

"Shelton is the perfect addition to the Columbia wrestling program," said Tanelli. "His thoughtfulness and disposition, in addition to his great wrestling background, will provide much for our men to learn from. He brings very valuable coaching and recruiting experience from both the Atlantic Coast Conference and Big Ten conferences that we look forward to incorporating within our team."

Mack comes to Columbia after spending the 2018-19 season on the Maryland staff. During the previous season, Mack helped heavyweight Youssif Hemida place third at the 2019 Big Ten Championships and with Mack's help, Hemida earned 2019 All-American honors following the 2019 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships.

Before joining the Maryland staff, Mack spent three seasons, from 2015-18, at Virginia as a member of the Cavalier staff. Mack's success at Virginia included developing NCAA All-Americans Jack Mueller and George DiCamillo.

During his collegiate career, Mack was a three-time NCAA Qualifier at the University of Pittsburgh. He recorded 84 wins while wrestling at 133 pounds for the Panthers and qualified for the NCAA Championships in 2012, 2013 and 2014. Mack reached the round of 12 in 2012 before falling one-win shy of All-American status. He earned a career-best 26 wins during his senior season and went 2-2 at the NCAA Championships, where he took eventual national champion Tony Ramos of Iowa down to the wire before narrowly falling, 3-1.

Mack is currently training to make the United States World and Olympic teams, and he most recently placed fourth at the 2019 World Team Trails (61kg).

In 2014, Mack finished third at 133 pounds at the ACC Championships. He previously recorded back-to-back runner-up finishes at the EWL Championships in 2012 and 2013. A native of Meadville, Pa., Mack graduated from Pitt in 2015 after double majoring in sociology and history.

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