Oct. 16, 2013
RALEIGH, N.C. - Head coach Pat Popolizio has announced additions to his staff, in preparation for the upcoming 2013-2014 season. Former Wolfpack head coach Bob Guzzo returns as the Director of High School and Alumni Relations, Olympic Bronze medalist Noel Loban is now the Director of Student-Athlete Development, and two-time NCAA qualifier Matt Kaylor has been named the volunteer assistant.
"We are excited to expand upon an already exceptional staff," said Popolizio, entering his second season at NC State. "The additions of Matt Kaylor and Bob Guzzo will benefit our student athletes and program tremendously. Noel Loban enters a reassigned role on the staff that will allow him to continue to work with and improve our team."
Bob Guzzo returns to the NC State wrestling staff as the Director of High School and Alumni Relations. Guzzo led the Pack for 30 years in a storied career that produced 356 wins, 115 ACC wins, 13 ACC Tournament Championships, 24 All-Americans, and 4 NCAA National Champions.
"Coach Guzzo has a tremendous connection to the NC State alumni as well as high school coaches in North Carolina and across the country," said Popolizio. "He is going to help us build those relationships both locally and nationally."
Guzzo will also serve as a Wolfpack Wrestling Club coach where his years both coaching and competing at the highest levels will benefit the club greatly.
Kaylor is now the volunteer assistant coach for the Wolfpack, after spending last season as the volunteer assistant at Binghamton University. Kaylor wrestled for Popolizio at Binghamton, and won 112 matches in his standout career.
"Matt brings outstanding work ethic to our program," said Popolizio. "Having coached him, I know he is very motivated and will be a huge benefit for our student athletes. He is a model of the character, work ethic, and integrity, characteristics we want as a part of our program at NC State."
Noel Loban is now serving as the Director of Student-Athlete Development, and as a Wolfpack Wrestling Club Coach. Loban's background as an Olympic Medalist, multiple-time national champion, and certified personal trainer, will allow him to provide innovative training methods for the team and keep the program on the cutting edge.
"We are thrilled to have Noel Loban continue his work with the team," said Popolizio. "He is instrumental to the development of our team, especially technically and strategically. In addition, he has helped a lot with cross-training and muscular conditioning."
The Pack opens its season November 1st with the Red and White Wrestle-Offs in Carmichael Gym at 7 p.m.