By Air Force Sports Information
USAF ACADEMY, Colo. – Air Force wrestling has added two new members to its coaching staff, announced today by head coach Sam Barber. Chris Heilman and Moza Fay join the Air Force wrestling coaching staff for the 2014-15 season.
Heilman comes to the academy from Wisconsin-Whitewater, where he was the 2014 NCAA Div. III Midwest Regional Assistant Coach of the Year. As head assistant coach the past two seasons at UW-Whitewater, Heilman helped guide the Warhawks to a second-place finish in 2014 and third-place finish in 2013 at the Div. III National Championships. Heilman was also a three-time All-American at Cornell College (Iowa).
“Coach Heilman will make an immediate impact on Air Force Wrestling,” Barber said. “His passion, work ethic and commitment to excellence are infectious. He will lead our recruiting efforts, coordinate our home events, oversee our social media and assist with daily training of our cadets. Air Force wrestling is extremely fortunate to have another coach of high character, integrity and honor leading our future officers.”
“It is an honor to be serving as an assistant wrestling coach at the United States Air Force Academy,” Heilman said. “The academics and athletics at the Academy are world class, and I am excited to work with head coach Sam Barber and assistant coach Bart Horton. They have done a great job with the program as their integrity and demand for excellence is evident. I am ready for the challenge of helping our future Air Force officers be the best, and wrestlers they can be.”
Fay was a two-time All-American and two-time Western Wrestling Conference Wrestler of the Year at Northern Iowa University. Fay is the 2014 Armed Forces Champion and recently placed second at the 2014 U.S. Open. He is currently an enlisted Army officer and is training in the Army World Class Athlete Program (WCAP) towards his goal of making the U.S. National Team and for competing at the 2016 Olympics in Brazil.
“Coach Moza Fay’s addition to Air Force wrestling provides a great example of excellence in all that we do!,” Barber said. “To have a coach who is currently training and competing at the highest level, and whom is also enlisted and leading from the front in the Army WCAP, provides our cadets with an ideal role model. Coach Fay understands what it takes to be a podium-prepared athlete and a great leader. He leads by example and holds our cadets accountable to the same championship habits.”
“Joining the Air Force wrestling staff is a great opportunity for me,” Fay said. “I am taking full advantage of the opportunity to develop my skills while teaching and learning from the cadets. The whole situation is a win-win for myself and the team. When I get to develop college wrestlers I not only help them by making them better at what they do, but I also benefit by learning and refining my techniques on my path towards Brazil for the 2016 Olympic Games. I am excited to see what the future will bring with the young talent and hard-working individuals that they have in the room.”