Former San Francisco State wrestling standout Isaiah Jimenez, a volunteer coach at his alma mater last season, has been elevated to top assistant, the Gators announced Tuesday.
Jimenez will serve as assistant to Lars Jensen, who has been SFSU’s head wrestling coach for 32 years. The new assistant, a 2013 SF State graduate, wrestled for Jensen for four seasons.
As a Gator, Jimenez was a three-time NCAA Division II Wrestling Championships qualifier. In his senior year, he earned All-American honors by placing fifth at 165 pounds at the 2013 NCAAs. Jimenez, along with 141-pound champ Naveed Bagheri, helped propel the Gators to tenth place in the team standings at the D2 NCAAs that year – the program’s highest finish in ten years.
During the 2011-12 season, Jimenez was named the SF State Gator Male Student-Athlete of the Year while capturing the individual title at 165 at the NCAA Division II Super Regional IV/Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Championships. He also earned All-RMAC First Team honors.
Completing his college mat career with an 86-65 overall record, Jimenez finished eighth overall on the Gator all-time wins list. In addition, he currently ranks sixth all-time in takedowns and eighth in points scored.
Prior to coming to San Francisco State, Jimenez was a four-time letter winner at Palma High School in Salinas, Calif. He was a three-time Tri-Country Athletic League Champion and was named the team's Most Valuable Wrestler on three occasions.
"We are very excited to promote Isaiah to the top assistant wrestling coach position for the upcoming season," said Gator head wrestling coach Jensen. "Isaiah had a stellar career with us and we look for him to help us continue our winning tradition and have positive influence on our student-athletes."
"I am very happy to be named to the top assistant for my alma mater after serving a year as a volunteer coach," said Jimenez. "To be able to continue to work with a great coach like Coach Jensen is very exciting. I am looking forward to the upcoming season and eager to work with our 2014-15 team."