ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Naval Academy Director of Athletics Chet Gladchuk announced Friday that Joel Sharratt will not return as head coach of the Navy wrestling program. A national search will begin immediately for the program's next head coach.
"My gratitude to Joel for his efforts and the many contributions he has made to the Naval Academy over his tenure," said Naval Academy Director of Athletics Chet Gladchuk. "We have realized some very successful moments that will be remembered for many years to come. On behalf of those within the NAAA and wrestling community, our sincerest appreciation and very best wishes as he moves forward with new opportunities."
Sharratt, who guided the Midshipmen to an 8-6 mark in 2020, closed out his Navy career with a 43-24 record. Under his leadership, Navy sent five or more wrestlers to the NCAA Championship in four of his six seasons, including two four-time NCAA qualifiers and one All-American. Four wrestlers completed their careers ranked on Navy's all-time top 20 individual wins list, while student-athletes won four EIWA individual titles under his tutelage.
Navy won three All-Academy Championship crowns and placed fifth or better four times. Navy's best finish at the NCAA Championship during Sharratt's tenure was in 2016 when it sent five Midshipmen to the championship and placed 22nd.