New Ferrum head women's coach Connor Lapresi (photo courtesy of Ferrum athletics)
FERRUM, Virginia - Director of Athletics John Sutyak has announced the hiring of Connor Lapresi as Head Women's Wrestling Coach. Lapresi (pronounced La-press-ee) comes to Ferrum from SUNY Cortland, where he served the past year as Assistant Men's Wrestling Coach.
"I am very excited to have Connor join our staff as our next women's wrestling coach," said Sutyak. "Women's wrestling is becoming one of the fastest growing sports in the collegiate ranks. I believe that Connor's experience as a coach at the club and college levels, as well as his time as a high level student-athlete, will serve our women's wrestling program well as we look to compete regionally and nationally."
At Cortland, Lapresi was responsible for daily practice and lifting schedules, recruiting, and coordinating travel accommodations. He also taught courses in the College's physical education department and helped coordinate the hosting the New York State Collegiate Tournament, which annually hosts 12 teams and over 200 wrestlers.
A two-time New York state finalist and 2012 State Champion, Lapresi has grown up competing in Folkstyle as well as both international styles. He won a New York Freestyle state title in 2013, then a Greco Roman state title that same year for the triple crown of high school wrestling.
Lapresi has been involved the past eight years as a volunteer assistant coach with Finger Lakes Wrestling Club in Ithaca, New York. He has also coached at Doughboy Wrestling Club with the women's and men's teams from 2020-22.
"I am beyond grateful for the chance to coach the women's wrestling team at Ferrum," stated Lapresi. "To be a part of the nation's fastest growing sport is nothing short of a blessing. With so much support and drive from the athletic department, I can not help but dream big when thinking of the future."
Lapresi wrestled four years at Ivy League powerhouse Cornell University, and was a member of the Big Red's Top-10 ranked wrestling program. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell in 2018, with a Communications major and Business minor.
Lapresi begins at Ferrum on June 1.