photo courtesy of Appalachian State athletics
This afternoon, The Citadel announced that Ryan LeBlanc would become the school’s next head coach. LeBlanc has served as co-head assistant coach for Appalachian State for the past two seasons and has spent four years altogether with the Mountaineers. During his time in Boone, ASU had 18 wrestlers qualify for the NCAA Championships and the team won three regular season titles in the SoCon. Last year the team crowned four conference champions and set a program record with six national qualifiers. Before coming to Appalachian State, LeBlanc spent two years coaching in his home state of New York at SUNY-Cortland.
As a competitor, Ryan was a three time national qualifier for Indiana. His deepest run at the NCAA Tournament came when he was a senior in 2014 and was a match shy of the podium.
Ryan takes over after the team let go its previous head coach, Rob Hjerling, after 21 years at the helm for the Bulldogs. He’ll inherit a team that went 4-6 in 2019-20 and returns one NCAA qualifier, Selwyn Porter.