Change in leadership at Oregon State, Zalesky out as head coach

Jim Zalesky (Photo/Tony Rotundo,

Corvallis -- Oregon State University Vice President and Director of Athletics Scott Barnes announced Monday that there will be a change of leadership of the wrestling program at the conclusion of the season.

"I want to thank Coach Jim Zalesky for his dedication to Oregon State University and his commitment to the young men in our wrestling program," Beaver Vice President and Director of Athletics Scott Barnes said. "We wish him and his family the best in their future endeavors."

Zalesky started his head coaching career at OSU in 2006 after eight years leading the University of Iowa program.

Two Beaver wrestlers, Devan Turner (133) and Grant Willits (141), are guaranteed to represent OSU at the NCAA Championships at the March 19-21 tournament in Minneapolis. Turner won the Pac-12 title last week and Willits was runner up at his weight.

Oregon State University will embark on a national search to appoint a new head coach in the near future.


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Matsavy (1) about 9 months ago
Meeks is Capable of building a Winning program he is connected to the Northwest and a current assistant.
Bud111 (1) about 9 months ago
Les Gutches might be interested even though he's secure in his USA Wrestling Organization. He has a similar attitude as Cael Sanderson and loves the sport. Successful programs are about recruiting. Jim Zalesky is a great coach but rarely attained a top 200 recruit. I think Arizona State, Stanford and Oregon State should join the Big 12 for better competition which would help a lot in recruiting.
ban basketball (1) about 9 months ago
I'm famously known as anti-Sqwawker, but I always thought that Zalesky was given a bad break at Iowa.

With that said, the one thing that I've come to learn over the years with recruiting, and, aside from John Smith, is that youth matters. Young kids DON'T know about Zalesky's wrestling days, which makes it hard for people to want to come to a program with coaches who are outside of the wrestlers' experiences.