NC State has always been the leader in providing student-athletes an environment in which they can excel both on and off the mat. The dedication to giving student-athletes the tools they need to succeed in every aspect of their lives is the Student-Services department's top objective.
The philosophy in the student-services area of the athletic department is to provide world-class facilities for every sport, top nutritionists and trainers to support physical development, top-level mentoring and tutoring to assist with academics and career placement, and of course coaches who are committed to winning and creating leaders in every aspect of life.
To provide the best, you have to plan for success, and the student-services goals are to generate winning athletic teams as well as successful well-rounded student-athletes.
The Academic Support Program for Student-Athletes (ASPSA) is certified by the National Association of Academic Advisors for Athletics, and NC State was the first ACC institution to be certified. The ASPSA's tutoring program, which employs over 80 tutors to provide support to all varsity student-athletes, is certified by the College Learning and Reading Association.
The Case Academic Center, which is centrally located on campus, houses the 12 full-time staff members of ASPSA and includes tutorial spaces, quiet study areas, and a computer lab for student-athletes to access throughout the day.
NC State had its first-ever ACC Wrestling Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 2016, Nick Gwiazdowski. The Pack has also had 12 Academic All-America selections as well as 13 placed on the All-ACC Academic Team over the last four years. In the Spring of 2017, seven from the wrestling team earned their undergraduate degrees, including current members Michael Macchiavello and Pete Renda. Also, 17 members of the 2016-17 squad finished the year with a GPA of at least a 3.0.
Marcus Ozbun joined NC State as an academic coordinator in 2016. He serves as the academic coordinator for the Wolfpack wrestling team, as well as the NC State softball and men’s tennis squads. Ozburn graduated from the University of Arkansas with a degree in marketing and economics, and then earned his M.Ed in sport management.
The Athletic Department at NC State places a very high premium on it's Strength and Conditioning programs. Developing a high level of overall fitness is the cornerstone of athletic improvement, and that cornerstone gives each athlete the foundation needed to reach their full potential in their given sport.
NC State's Strength and Conditioning is an evidence-based program designed around basic exercises (ground based and free weight training dominant), flexibility, movement screening, physical testing and the developmental level of the athlete. Equally important is the cultivation of an atmosphere that will accept no less than an elite level work ethic- a mental edge that can only be created through tenacity and vision.
The NC State wrestling team utilizies the Weisiger-Brown weight room as its training facility. The Strength and Conditioning staff is constantly fine tuning strength, speed and agility programs to ensure that each student-athlete is provided the opportunity to compete at the highest level.
Sam Craven joined the strength and conditioning staff in the summer of 2014, and he oversees and implants the wrestling team’s strength and conditioning program. Craven earned his undergrad degree in exercise physiology from The State University of New York at Brockport, and his M.A. in sports performance from Ball State.
The NC State Sports Medicine Department strives to provide the highest quality comprehensive healthcare to student-athletes at NC State. The primary focus of the department is to protect the health and well-being of the student-athlete by minimizing extrinsic risks.
Few programs play a role as essential to the continued success of NC State athletics as Sports Medicine. The NC State athletic training rooms are staffed by an experienced team of professionals, consisting of 18 certified athletic trainers. This highly trained group provides injury recognition, acute injury management, injury rehabilitation, and injury prevention. Athletic trainers at NC State develop relationships with student-athletes and possess a detailed knowledge of student-athletes' medical backgrounds before any medical or injury issues occur. This unique situation provides for an efficient and expedient flow of medical care to our student-athletes if an issue were to occur.
Will Conlon joined the NC State Sports Medicine staff in July 2012. He works primarily with Wolfpack wrestling program. Conlon received his undergrad degree in athletic training from High Point in 2008, then completed his masters degree in sports medicine from Georgia State in 2010.
Proper Sports Nutrition is essential to maintain winning performances. At NC State, two full-time nutritionists work with all of the Wolfpack teams to provide student-athletes with a competitive edge through nutrition. They strive to provide the highest level of care and education for student-athletes to succeed as collegiate athletes and in life.
NC State student-athletes enjoy the convenience and outstanding quality of the training table at Case Dining Hall, which provides well-balanced and appetizing meals. The friendly staff does and outstanding job feeding more than 400 student-athletes, three meals a day. Each meal is designed to provide a number of healthy options. There is a wide array of food selections including a buffet line, potato and pasta bar, salad bar, cold sandwich buffet with a variety of breads and meats, frozen yogurt and desserts.
The NC State wrestling team, as well as all 23 varsity programs at NC State, is outfitted by Adidas. All members of the wrestling team receive t-shirts, shorts, sweats, travel gear, warm-ups, practice gear, practice singlets, workout shoes, travel shoes, wrestling shoes, headgear, compression gear, hats, socks, and a number of items to simply wear out and around campus so they are able to represent NC State and the Wrestling team at all times. In addition, the Wolfpack has six different custom singlet designs, adding a new design every year.