Notre Dame names new wrestling head coach

Notre Dame High School in Chattanooga has recently named Rocco Mansueto as the new head wrestling coach.

“The Notre Dame community is extremely excited to have someone the caliber of Rocco Mansueto who will mentor our young men and women in the classroom and continue the great tradition of the Fighting Irish wrestling program,” said director of athletics Matt Pobieglo.

“I would also like to thank Coach John Mullin for over 35 years of hard work and dedication to the Notre Dame wrestling program. John’s well-known reputation for class and integrity has laid the foundation for future success.”

Mr. Mansueto comes to Notre Dame with a wealth of experience as a collegiate wrestler and coach.

A former No. 1 ranked high school wrestler in the United States and two-time high school state champion from Middletown, N.Y., Mr. Mansueto went on to qualify for three NCAA championship appearances during an excellent career at Cleveland State. He was also a U.S. Open place winner and qualified for the World Team Trials in 2002.

Mr. Mansueto completed his bachelor’s degree in psychology in 2003 and earned his master’s degree in school counseling at John Carroll University. During his tenure as a graduate assistant coach at John Carroll University, Mr. Mansueto tutored three All-Americans, eight NCAA qualifiers, eight individual conference champions, and four Academic All-Americans. He would then go on to have coaching stints at Cape Henry Collegiate School, Army, and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

“I would like to thank Mr. Valadie, John Mullin, Matt Pobieglo, and the entire Notre Dame community for giving me this tremendous opportunity to be at a strong academic institution with a storied athletic program.” Mr. Mansueto said. “Coach Mullin and his staff have done a great job building the program, and I look forward to developing our student athletes while establishing relationships with our parents, alumni, and supporters of Notre Dame.”

Coach Mullin reiterated Mr. Mansueto’s sentiment, stating, “He will be an immediate asset to our guidance department and bring energy and enthusiasm to our wrestling program. Along with my decision to retire, it’s comforting to me to know an educator and coach of his caliber will be leading our program into the future, and I am excited to have him as a member of the Notre Dame family.”

Mr. Mansueto and his wife, Stefanie, have two children, Sofia, 4, and Micah, 1.

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