By Jason Bryant
UPDATED: Friday, 9:16 a.m. CDT
Cary Kolat, a 2000 Olympian and two-time World medalist in men’s freestyle, is expected to be named the next head coach at Campbell University on Monday.
A four-time All-American, Kolat placed twice at the NCAA Division I championships for Penn State before transferring to Lock Haven and winning two NCAA Division I titles at 134 and 142 pounds. He’s spent the last four seasons as an assistant coach under C.D. Mock at North Carolina. He’s served as the associated head coach for the last two seasons.
Kolat will inherit a Campbell program that’s never had an All-American and qualified one wrestler to the NCAA championships last season — graduate student Eloheim Palma. Campbell is also reportedly set to serve a one-year suspension from postseason competition due to low Academic Progress Report (APR) numbers. The team does return 24 wrestlers with underclassmen status, including nationally-ranked 125-pound freshman Tyler Walker.
Kolat will succeed Joe Boardwine, who resigned earlier this month after spending four years as the program’s head coach. Kolat will be the second Olympian to lead the Camels. Boardwine took over after alum Billy Greene left after six seasons.
Prior to Greene, 1964 U.S. Olympian Dave Auble coached the program for seven seasons. Campbell competes in the Southern Conference.