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Jarrod Garnett added to Bucknell coaching staff

By Todd Merriett
Bucknell Sports Information

LEWISBURG, Pa. – Bucknell head wrestling coach Dan Wirnsberger on Thursday announced the addition of former Virginia Tech standout Jarrod Garnett to the Bison coaching staff. A 2013 All-American and a three-time ACC champion, Garnett wrapped up his decorated career this spring ranked third on the Hokies’ all-time wins list with 126.

“I am excited to add Jarrod to the Bucknell Wrestling family,” said Wirnsberger. “He is a great addition on and off the mat and will have a significant impact on our lightweights and their overall development.

“Jarrod comes from an outstanding program and understands the importance of doing things the right way. He is a young man of great character and integrity. Jarrod is an accomplished competitor and has proven himself as a student-athlete. He is now ready to transition to the other side of the tracks as a coach and make a positive contribution in the lives of our student-athletes, both on and off the mat.”

Garnett, a 125-pounder throughout his Virginia Tech career, posted three 30-win campaigns, registered a 126-29 overall record and his 63 career dual meet victories rank third in program history. He was the ACC Rookie of the Year in 2008-09, the 2013 ACC Championships Most Outstanding Wrestler, a three-time All-ACC selection and a four-time national qualifier.

One of just seven Virginia Tech wrestlers to reach 100 career victories, Garnett recorded 61 career bonus-point victories, including 24 by fall. He was 16-1 in ACC duals.

A Newark, Del., native and a Caravel Academy graduate, Garnett earned a bachelor’s degree in apparel, housing and resource management, with a focus on consumer studies, from Virginia Tech. He was twice a Dean’s List member.

Garnett has plenty of coaching experience, serving as a volunteer guest clinician at numerous wrestling summer camps from 2009 to 2012. He was also a four-year wrestling camp counselor at Virginia Tech’s summer camps.

“I have been given a great opportunity to start my coaching career at Bucknell and I am excited to join the Bison wrestling staff,” said Garnett. “I really like the vision Dan Wirnsberger has for the program. I believe the program is heading in the right direction with strong student-athletes who will be a strong foundation. I look forward to making contributions towards bringing All-Americans and national champions to Bucknell University.”

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