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Maryland welcomes Josh Asper, Shawn Contos to wrestling coaching staff

Shawn Contos (left) and Josh Asper join Maryland's wrestling coaching staff
Shawn Contos (left) and Josh Asper join Maryland's wrestling coaching staff
Photos (from left) courtesy Shawn Contos Twitter, University of Maryland, both with permission

Josh Asper and Shawn Contos are joining the Terrapin wrestling coaching staff, the University of Maryland announced Wednesday.

Asper will be the Terps’ volunteer assistant coach, while Contos joins the Maryland staff as strength coach. They will be joining long-time head coach Kerry McCoy, along with Rob Eiter, former University of Pennsylvania coach who came on board as an assistant coach earlier this summer.

A familiar face to Maryland mat fans, Asper wrestled for the Terps from 2008-13, and served as an administrative assistant to the wrestling staff last season. Asper was a two-time ACC (Atlantic Coast Conference) champ in 2011 (at 165 pounds) and 2013 (at 174), earning ACC Wrestler of the Year honors in 2011. The Parkton, Md. native was twice an NCAA All-American (2011, 2012). Asper completed his collegiate mat career with a 152-24 record, making him the second winningest wrestler in program history.

In addition, Asper has received a number of special honors as a wrestler, including the Maryland Watch Award as Best Male Athlete of the Year from Maryland in 2012, then was honored with the Silvester Watch Award in 2013 for the student-athlete who demonstrates courageousness in the face of adversity.

Contos comes to College Park, having served as strength coach at Penn State since 2008. During his tenure, the Nittany Lions to four straight NCAA team titles under head coach Cael Sanderson. Contos also served under Sanderson as strength coach at Iowa State for one season. Prior to being on staff for the Cyclones, Contos was an assistant wrestling coach at Eastwood High School in Ohio the previous five seasons, according to the “Toledo Blade.”

"I am very excited to have these guys join our staff,” said McCoy. “Their skills and experience will be great assets to our team and they will have an immediate impact on our program."