Long Island University Post is bringing back its wrestling program it axed a quarter-century ago, and has hired high school wrestling coach Joe Patrovich to head up the new program, the Brookville, N.Y. school announced Tuesday.
LIU Post, which eliminated wrestling after the 1987-88 season, will reinstate it for the 2014-15 season.
Patrovich, who coaches wrestling at Islip High School (as well as football at Hauppauge High), brings an impressive resume to LIU Post. At the high school level, Patrovich has coached 21 county champions, 13 state finalists, 10 All-America selections and eight state championships. Inducted to the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2012, Patrovich has also been named the Nassau County and Suffolk County Coach of the Year.
Wrestling is just one of seven NCAA Division II sports to be added to the LIU Post roster. In addition to wrestling, men’s and women’s indoor and outdoor track will be reinstated, while women's golf and women's fencing will be new to the school, for a total of 22 Div. II sports at the school in 2014-15.
"We are thrilled to bring back two programs (track and field and wrestling) that have a great history in the growth of the LIU Post Department of Athletics," said Bryan Collins, director of athletics and recreation at LIU Post. "These two programs achieved tremendous recognition and successes not solely on the regional level, but nationally as well."
"Reinstating these two programs will reconnect LIU Post with great alumni. We are also excited to create more opportunities in new areas with women's golf and women's fencing."
Collins cited the school’s installation of a new president, Dr. Kimberly R. Cline, as being instrumental in increasing the sports roster at LIU Post.
"We have a great new president and she understands what athletics means to a university," Collins said. "Dr. Cline wants more opportunities for women and wants to bring back some of our more traditionally strong sports like track and wrestling. The response has been unbelievable."
"The addition of these programs will energize our relationship with Long Island and the Metropolitan area, as well as nationally," Collins added. "It will offer high school student-athletes the opportunity to attend a vibrant and exceptional university, and to compete at the highest level of NCAA Division II competition with national championship goals."
Long Island University Post is a private, four-year college located in Brookville, N.Y. It has total enrollment of approximately 24,000 students.
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