Alex Tirapelle Named Head Coach of Penn Wrestling
July 22, 2014
PHILADELPHIA, Penn. -- Former University of Illinois wrester Alex Tirapelle has been hired as the head wrestling coach at the University of Pennsylvania, the school announced Monday.
Tirapelle becomes the head coach at Penn after serving as an assistant coach at Stanford University for four years. During his time at Stanford, Tirapelle helped guide The Cardinal to an 11th-place finish at the 2011 NCAA Championships, the highest team finish in program history, and a school-record 17-5 dual-season record in 2013-14.
As a wrestler at the University of Illinois, Tirapelle was a two-time All-American, two-time Big Ten Champion and the 2004 Big Ten Wrestler of the Year. In 2003, he was named Illinois' Male Newcomer of the Year after becoming the first freshman in school history to advance to the NCAA Championships finals. Tirapelle ended his career as Illinois' all-time leader in career wins (128) and ranks third in career win percentage (.877).
Tirapelle also found success off the mat, earning Academic All-Big Ten honors all four years. He also was a first-team NWCA All-Academic Selection and first-team ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-American. Tirapelle graduated from the University of Illinois in 2006 with a degree in accountancy and earned a Master's in sports management in 2009.