The Terrapin is now a Dragon, as Jimmy Sheptock, 2014 NCAA wrestling championships finalist for the University of Maryland, is now an assistant coach at Drexel University, the Philadelphia-based school announced Tuesday.
Sheptock is a graduate student at Drexel, working towards his master’s degree in sports management. The 2014 Maryland graduate joins head coach Matt Azevedo, and fellow assistant coach Zach Shaeffer on the Drexel Dragon wrestling coaching staff.
"I am so excited to have Jimmy on staff!" said Azevedo. "Jimmy will definitely help with recruiting and have an immediate impact with our current wrestlers. He has a strong work ethic and will be great mentor to our student-athletes."
Sheptock brings impressive wrestling credentials to his first coaching position. “Headlock” Sheptock (as he was called by his Maryland fans) was a three-time ACC (Atlantic Coast Conference) champ, winning back-to-back-to-back titles in 2012-14.
Sheptock made a name for himself on the national stage as well, as a two-time NCAA All-American for the Maryland Terps. In his junior year, Sheptock placed sixth at the 2013 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships at 184 pounds. The following year, Sheptock made it to the 184-pound title match at the 2014 NCAAs, becoming Maryland’s first NCAA finalist since Gobel Kline won the national championship at 152 pounds in 1969.
In addition, as a senior, Sheptock earned the honor of wrestling at the 2013 NWCA (National Wrestling Coaches Association) All-Star Classic. This annual kickoff event for the college wrestling season features the two top wrestlers in each weight class.
Sheptock completed his career at Maryland with 129 victories, 29 major decisions, 20 technical falls, and 18 pins.
Prior to college Sheptock was a three-time placer at the PIAA (Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association) wrestling championships, making it to the state finals as a junior. The native of Northampton, Pa. was a 2007 NHSCA (National High School Coaches Association) sophomore national champion and 2008 NHSCA junior national champion.