Nauman back at BVA as new wrestling coach
Alumnus Tyler Nauman was recently hired as Belle Vernon Area High School's new head wrestling coach.
An assistant coach with Drexel University's wrestling program in 2012-2013, the 24-year-old Nauman replaces Jack Jolley, who resigned last spring after 16 successful seasons. Last season Jolley guided the Leopards to the WPIAL Class AA quarterfinals, the farthest in program history.
After winning the 130-pound PIAA Class AA title his senior year at Belle Vernon, Nauman wrestled at the collegiate level at the University of Pittsburgh under recently retired Panthers' coach and Fallowfield township resident Rande Stottlemyer.
He was a three-time NCAA Division I national qualifier and two-time NCAA All-American. Nauman compiled a 140-31 career record and his career wins and pins (39) are both third best in program history. He finished fifth nationally at 149 pounds in 2012 and fifth at 141 pounds at the 2010 Nationals.
Local teams ranked
Washington and Jefferson College's football team head into training camp ranked in several preseason publications' NCAA Division III preseason polls.
The Presidents have been ranked 19th by the Sporting News College Football Yearbook and 21st by the Lindy's poll.
W&J returns 13 starters from a year ago with eight offensive and five defensive starters.
Under the direction of 12th-year head coach Mike Sirianni (93-21), the Presidents compiled an 8-3 overall record and won the President's Athletic Conference (PAC) title. W&J earned the league's automatic bid to the NCAA playoffs, the program's 22nd national tournament appearance, and lost at Johns Hopkins, 42-10, in the first round. The 2012 season was the program's 29th consecutive winning season.
Also ranked by Sporting News College Football Yearbook was Waynesburg University, listed 22nd.
Coached by eighth-year veteran Rick Shepas, the Yellow Jackets went 10-1 overall in 2012 and won the ECAC Southwest Bowl. Their only loss was a 31-14 home setback to W&J in the regular season finale for both teams.
Waynesburg returns 12 starters from 2012, including eight on defense
Washington & Jefferson opened the 2013 season with a 7 p.m. kickoff at Wooster on Sept. 7. Waynesburg opened the same day, hosting Muskingum at 1:30 p.m.
W&J and Waynesburg meet in the PAC Backyard Brawl at 1:30 p.m. Nov. 10 at Cameron Stadium.
Bruce Wald is a contributing writer for Trib Total Media.