Mike Wilcox will experience a homecoming this winter as the former NCAA national champion and junior college standout will return to his alma mater as the new wrestling coach at Rowan College at Gloucester County (RCGC).
RCGC Executive Director for Athletics Brian Rowan announced the hiring, which he hopes will elevate the program back to its glory days as a national powerhouse among junior college schools. The Roadrunners won six JUCO national championships in its illustrious history.
Wilcox has a lengthy track record of success as a competitor, winning a NCAA Division 3 national crown at 184 pounds for Delaware Valley College in 2009 and previously placing third in the JUCO Nationals for Gloucester County College (now RCGC) in 2007. In 2007, he led the Roadrunners to a junior college national title under former coach Mario Iraldi.
The former standout wrestler finished his college career as a three-time All-American with a combined record of 121 wins and 17 losses.
"Mike (Wilcox) is a proven performer and will be a great fit for our wrestling program," Rowan said. "Our alumni and fans will definitely rally around Mike as the new head coach. They know he will set up our program for long-term success."
Wilcox, who also competes in Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) professional fighting, placed fifth in the state at 189 for coach Doug Castellari at Buena Regional High School as a senior, graduating in 2005. He has served as head coach of the Bucks County (Pa.) Storm Wrestling Club since 2010 and as assistant wrestling coach at Delaware Valley College from 2009 through 2014.
"This is a fantastic opportunity to come home to RCGC," Wilcox commented. "When I was here we had a lot fun and just great team morale. That's the spirit I want to bring to the team as well as build the program back into a national powerhouse."
Wilcox notes he and his staff will counsel the athletes both on nutritional intake and conditioning.
"During my career I've seen a lot of kids peak early and then fade out.," he said. "We'll work with them on nutrition and conditioning so they are in good shape year round and peak at the right time when we enter our national tournaments."
The new RCGC coach will hold a meet and greet with his team later in August and will form a youth wrestling club at the college for interested wrestlers from South Jersey and Pennsylvania.
To reach Coach Wilcox, please email him at Mwilcox002@gmail.com .
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