Zach Tanelli, former University of Wisconsin wrestler who had been on the coaching staff at Hofstra University, will now be an assistant coach at Purdue University, IndianaWrestlingNews.com reported Monday afternoon.
The website based its report on an email Tanelli sent to Hofstra supporters earlier Monday. As of 3 p.m. Eastern Monday, Tanelli’s hiring was not mentioned on the official wrestling websites of either Hofstra or Purdue.
"I wanted to be the first to tell you all that I have accepted an Assistant Coaching position at Purdue University," Tanelli wrote in his email. "The decision to leave was something that took a lot of time and consideration on my part as it was not easy to overlook all that the Hofstra community has done for me over the past five years. My time here has been very special and I am forever grateful for the opportunities that Tom Shifflet, Rob Anspach and the Hofstra administration have given me throughout my tenure at this institution. I am confident that Hofstra wrestling is in great hands under new Head Coach, Dennis Papadatos."
In late June, Tanelli had been named interim head coach of the Hofstra wrestling program, replacing Anspach, who had announced his resignation to accept a commercial sales representative position with Advantage Sport & Fitness. One week ago, Hofstra revealed that it had hired Papadatos, a former Pride wrestler, to officially take the helm of the mat program at the Long Island-based school.
Tanelli will be the newest member of the new-look Purdue wrestling coaching staff, joining head coach Tony Ersland who came to the West Lafayette, Ind. school in late May, and Tyrel Todd, hired as an assistant coach for the Big Ten Boilermakers late last month.
All three new Purdue coaches bring Big Ten wrestling experience. Ersland wrestled at University of Iowa, while Todd was an NCAA All-American at the University of Michigan. As a Wisconsin Badger, Tanelli compiled an overall record of 88-31. He was a three-time NCAA championships qualifier, earning All-American honors at 141 pounds at the 2009 NCAAs. In addition, Tanelli was crowned champion at the prestigious Midlands tournament at Northwestern University in 2008.