There are two philosophies to hiring a coaching staff: promote from within... or bring in new blood. Drew Pariano, head wrestling coach at Northwestern University, appears to see value in both ideas, having given some of his coaches newly expanded duties, while adding Conor Beebe as a volunteer assistant.
On Tuesday, the Evanston, Ill.-based Big Ten school announced that former Wildcat head coach Tim Cysewski is the new Director of the Ken Kraft Midlands Championships, assistant coach Matt Storniolo will take on an expanded role in recruiting and program organization, and 2010 NCAA champion Jay Borschel has been promoted to assistant coach.
Cysewski will be responsible for the Ken Kraft Midlands, Northwestern’s showcase event that has been an after-Christmas classic on the college wrestling calendar since 1963. The 51st edition takes place Dec. 29-30 on campus at Welsh-Ryan Arena.
In addition, Cysewski – a four-year starter at the University of Iowa and two-time Midlands champ -- will assist with the overall operation of the Wildcat mat program.
"Tim is a true mentor for our athletes,” said Pariano. “He has devoted his life to wrestling and has served 33 years as an assistant, head coach, and director for this program. Much of our success as a program can be directly attributed to his efforts. In many ways, Tim is Northwestern wrestling. The opportunity to run the Ken Kraft Midlands Championships is a role that he relishes and his passion will allow us to continue to run the best tournament in the nation.”
Storniolo, about to start his fifth season at Northwestern, will be taking on new responsibilities with recruiting and program organization.
"Matt is exceptional in the wrestling room from a technical and organizational standpoint,” said Pariano of the two-time All-American from University of Oklahoma. “His ability to wrestle and teach our athletes at the highest level is a quality that few possess and he is excited to begin a new chapter in his coaching career. This promotion is well deserved and his potential is unlimited. We look forward to having Matt on the staff for years to come.”
Borschel, who came to Northwestern as a volunteer coach last season, will now serve as a full-time assistant coach.
"Jay has worked diligently to make our student-athletes exceptional since the moment he joined our staff,” said Pariano, referring to the former Iowa Hawkeye mat champ. “His passion for the sport and the fact that he reached the pinnacle as a competitor serve as lessons to our men as he leads by example on a daily basis.”
Conor Beebe will be the new face in the Northwestern wrestling room, now as a volunteer coach. Beebe, a four-time NCAA qualifier for Central Michigan, served on the coaching staff at Gardner Webb University from 2010-2012.
"Conor is well-respected in the Illinois wrestling community and understands that being a career coach is a lifestyle choice,” said Pariano. “He’s excited for this opportunity to coach in the most powerful wrestling conference in the nation and his style and level of intensity will help our student-athletes reach their goals.”
Pariano – who was granted a five-year contract extension this summer – is excited about the possibilities his coaching staff can now achieve.
“This staff understands the demands that today’s student-athletes face, and embraces the opportunity to help them achieve success on and off the mat in the premier wrestling conference in the nation,” said Pariano. “We thank Dr. Phillips, President Schapiro and sport administrator Scott Arey for their unwavering support. We know that we are positioned to win Big Ten and NCAA titles because of the vision that they have for Northwestern wrestling and the athletic department as a whole. The future of Northwestern wrestling is in good hands as we look forward to helping our student-athletes reach their full potential not only on the mat but in the classroom and in the community.”
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