Coaching Staff The NC State wrestling program has enjoyed top success since head coach pat popolizio came to raleigh in the spring of 2012

Head Coach Pat Popolizio

The 2017-18 wrestling season marks Pat Popolizio’s sixth at the helm of the NC State wrestling program, as he was named head wrestling coach of the Wolfpack on April 10, 2012 after six seasons as the head coach at Binghamton. Popolizio graduated in 2001 with a bachelor’s degree in health and physical education from Oklahoma State. He was a two-time Big 12 All Academic selection.

Among Popolizio's many accomplishments in his first 5 seasons at NC State:

2016 National Coach of the Year - FloWrestling

4 straight top-20 NCAA finishes, second-most in school history

7 All-American honors, school record 3 in 2016

31 NCAA Qualifiers, school record 10 in 2017

2 top-10 NWCA/USA Today Coaches’ Poll finishes (2nd in 2016, 8th in 2017)

#1 recruiting class nationally in 2016 - FloWrestling and InterMat, 3 in top-25 overall

2016 ACC Champions with 4 individual titles

12 Academic All-Americans, 13 All-ACC Academic team selections

2 NCAA Championships, 3 NCAA Finals appearances, 5 top-three NCAA finishes

Associate Head Coach Frank Beasley

Frank Beasley joined the NC State wrestling program for the 2012-13 season after previously serving on Pat Popolizio’s staff at Binghamton. In the spring of 2015, he was promoted to Associate Head Coach for the Wolfpack. Beasley is also the recruiting coordinator at NC State, bringing in top-20 recruiting classes in three of his first five seasons at NC State, including the overall #1 class in 2016 by both FloWrestling and InterMat.

Assistant Coach Adam Hall

Former All-American Adam Hall joined the NC State coaching staff in the summer of 2015 as an assistant coach. He placed fifth at both the 2012 and 2016 U.S. Olumpic Team Trials, and won his weight class (70 kg) at the University National Tournament in October 2016. Hall earned a B.S. degree in health science studies from Boise State in 2011. and a Masters Sports Management in 2015 from Columbia.

Assistant Coach Obe Blanc

Obe Blanc joined the NC State wrestling staff in the summer of 2014. A 2013 U.S. World Team Trials champion and U.S. Open champion, he serves as an assistant coach. Blanc wrestled collegiately at both Lock Haven and Oklahoma State, and earned his undergraduate degree in Sports Administration from Lock Haven in 2008 and a Masters in International Business from Oklahoma State in 2010.

Director of Operations Melissa Simmons

Melissa Simmons joined the NC State coaching staff as the Pack’s Director of Operations prior to the 2014-15 season. A former national champion during her collegiate career, Simmons graduated from Oklahoma City University in 2010 with a B.S. degree in kinesiology and exercise science.

Athletic Director Debbie Yow

When Deborah A. Yow was hired to be NC State’s director of athletics on June 25, 2010, her goal was to make the department she inherited one of the best in the nation. Since her arrival as AD at NC State, Yow has taken many steps to accomplish that goal by recalibrating competitive and academic expectations of the Wolfpack’s 23 varsity sports programs.

Sport Administrator Raymond Harrison

Raymond Harrison was named Senior Associate Athletic Director at NC State in May of 2016. The sport administrator for the NC State wrestling team, Harrison also has oversight of the athletic department’s sports medicine, strength and conditioning, nutrition, sports psychology, student-athlete enhancement, housing and dining.

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