Wilps to be Pitt’s first ever full-time Volunteer Assistant

The Pittsburgh Wrestling Club is proud to announce the hiring of 2x All-American and 2015 NCAA finalist Tyler Wilps as Pitt’s first ever full-time volunteer assistant.  This is a major step forward for the program as upgrading the volunteer position establishes 4 full-time coaches on the Pitt staff.  We are also excited about the benefit the Pittsburgh wrestling community will receive by having Wilps as a full-time coach with the Pittsburgh Wrestling Club.

Tyler exemplified the term student-athlete at the University of Pittsburgh and earned ACC Wrestling Scholar-Athlete of the Year and Pitt’s prestigious Blue Gold award making him the second Wilps, along with his older brother Matt, to have his name etched in stone on the Varsity Letter Walk outside of the Cathedral of Learning.

“Tyler was one of the smarter wrestlers I’ve coached.  He didn’t come in as one of the best in the country.  He had to figure it out.  That will help make him a great coach,” said Pitt assistant Matt Kocher.

Tyler transitions to coach after being a 2-year captain for the Panthers.

“Tyler led by example.  We look for him to continue to lead the team while having a close connection to the wrestlers,” said Kocher.

After his appearance in the national finals, Wilps was pursued by several programs including Northwestern and Princeton among others who saw value in his academic and athletic achievements.  In the end, the situation at Pitt along with the opportunity to coach at his alma mater and give back to his community was too much for Tyler to pass on.

Thank you to the PWC donors, sponsors, and club members who made the hiring of an additional full-time assistant possible.