Pat Popolizio

Head Coach

Alma Mater
Oklahoma State 2001
Coaching Experience
3rd Season at NCSU
  • The 2014-15 wrestling season marks Popolizio's third at the helm of the NC State wrestling program, as he was named head wrestling coach of the Wolfpack on April 10, 2012.
  • Following his first campaign, Popolizio and his staff signed a top-rated recruiting class in the spring of 2013. The Pack's signees were ranked: No. 4 according to D1collegewrestling, No. 10 by both WIN Magazine and InterMat, No. 13 by the Open Mat/AWN and No. 14 by Flo Wrestling. NC State made it two-for-two with a nationally ranked recruiting class in 2014, cited No. 19 by FloWrestling, No. 20 by, and No. 25 by InterMat.
  • Added to the Pack's storied tradition with NC State's sixth individual national champion when redshirt-sophomore Nick Gwiazdowski became NC State's third heavyweight to win the NCAA title in 2014.
  • Five NC State wrestlers qualified for the 2014 NCAA Championships, combining for a 10-8 record. As a team, the Pack finished 19th overall, the second highest finish among all ACC schools and NC State's highest finish since 2009.
  • In his first season with the Pack, NC State had three 2013 NCAA qualifiers and 10 Caterpillar Scholar Athletes.
  • The 2012 and 2010 CAA coach of the year at Binghamton, he led the Bearcats to a 14th place finish at the 2012 NCAA Championships. While at Binghamton, he coached four All-Americans and 21 NCAA qualifiers.
  • During his wrestling career at Oklahoma State, he was a three-time NCAA qualifier.
  • Graduated in 2001 with a bachelor's degree in health and physical education. He was a two-time Big 12 All Academic selection.


    2003Assistant Coach, Sacred Heart
    2004Assistant Coach, Army
    2005-06Assistant Coach, American
    2007-12Head Coach, Binghamton
    2013-presentHead Coach, NC State


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