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Zagowalko named assistant women's wrestling coach at NJCU

JERSEY CITY, N.J. -- Lukasz Zagowalko, a wrestling trainer with international experience, has been named as an assistant women's wrestling coach at New Jersey City University, head coach Elena Pirozhkova has announced. Zagowalko is the third member of the first-ever women's wrestling staff in NJCU history, which launches as a varsity program in Fall, 2020.

Lukasz Zagowalko
A native of Poland where he lived for most of his life, he held three wrestling head coaching positions in the European nation. Most recently, Zagowalko was head coach of The West Pomeranian State Wrestling Association from 2015-18. Previously, he coached the Sports Club "Orzel" Szczecin from 2006-10 and the Student Sports Club "Orliki" Szczecin from 2004-09.

Zagowalko was an assistant coach for Sports Club "Technik" Swidwin from 2013-18. Additionally, he served as an assistant for West Pomeranian State Wrestling (2005-08) and the Academy of Physical Education Academic Sports Club Gorzów Wielkopolski (2002-03).

From 2003-05, Zagowalko coached Polish Olympian Monika Michalik. The most titled Polish competitor in history, she later won four European championships, two medals at the world championships and a bronze medal at the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics Games. Zagowalko directly prepared her for the 2005 European Championship in Varna, Bulgaria, where Michalik won the gold medal.

"Lukasz was the missing piece I needed to complete the coaching staff," said Pirozhkova. "His previous coaching and education in Poland is a rare find in the USA so I'm excited I got him before he got scooped up by another college. His background will help NJCU establish a high-level program in year one. His passion for the team is contagious and I can't wait to see him in action."

Jan Godlewski, coach of the Polish women's national team, said: "In my opinion, Mr. Lukasz Zagowalko has a broad theoretical knowledge and practical skills to work independently with athletes presenting a high sports level. I give him my highest recommendation, without reservation."

Zagowalko graduated from The Poznan University of Physical Education Branch of Institute of Physical Education in Gorzow Wielkopolski in 2003 and earned a Master's Degree in Physical Education in 2003 with a specialization as an instructor in wrestling. In 2007, he added Trainer II certification in wrestling from The Poznan University of Physical Education. He later earned an Executive MBA Master's Degree from West Pomeranian Business School in Szczecin in 2010. As an undergraduate, he wrestled for four years for coach Piotr Godlewski. In 2012, he completed the Program in American Language Studies from Rutgers.

Zagowalko, who will turn 40 in May, 2020, resides in Cranford, N.J.

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