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Rob Eiter resigns as head wrestling coach at Penn

Rob Eiter has stepped down as head wrestling coach at the University of Pennsylvania
Photo courtesy of Penn Athletics, used with permission

Rob Eiter, University of Pennsylvania head wrestling coach for six seasons, has resigned, the Ivy League university in Philadelphia announced Wednesday.

"At the conclusion of the season, I had a chance to step back from the daily grind a bit and evaluate myself, and I realized that the energy needed to serve as head coach at a program like Penn wasn't there," said Eiter. "I am thankful to Mr.(Steve) Bilsky, Alanna Shanahan, and everyone at Penn for six great years as head coach and eight years overall as a member of the Penn Athletics family. I am excited to be able to spend some time with my family and re-energize myself."

"We are sorry to see Rob leave," said Bilsky, Penn’s Director of Athletics. "Our wrestling program has a proud history, and Rob has done his part to add to that legacy over the last six years. We wish him well with his future endeavors."

By various measures, the Quakers experienced success under Eiter. Penn had 33 NCAA qualifiers during his tenure; four earned All-American honors, most recently Lorenzo Thomas, who placed sixth at 184 pounds at the 2014 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships in March. Eiter could claim two EIWA (Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association) individual titlewinners: Bryan Ortenzio at 133 pounds in 2012, and Micah Burak at 197 in 2013.

Prior to coming to Penn eight years ago as an assistant coach to then head coach Zeke Jones (recently hired to take the helm at Arizona State), Eiter served as a coach at Northwestern University and at Clarion.

According to his official Penn bio, in addition to his collegiate coaching experience, Eiter, a 1991 graduate of Arizona State, was a world-class wrestler and coach for USA Wrestling, representing the U.S. on the mat at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta.

Penn will conduct a national search for Eiter's successor.