Coaches
Head Coach
Steve Garland

Coming off his second ACC Championship season, former Cavalier All-American Steve Garland is serving in his 10th season as head wrestling coach at Virginia. A master motivator, recruiter and coach, Garland has worked diligently to push the Cavaliers among the nation's elite. The results of Garland's perseverance are evident. In Garland's first nine seasons at Virginia, the Cavaliers earned eight All-America honors and 16 ACC individual titles while qualifying 57 to the NCAA Championships and recording Top-25 team finishes at NCAAs in five of the last six years.

Virginia has had at least one All-American in six of the last seven seasons. UVa has a 126-54 dual record during Garland’s tenure, as he ranks second in dual wins in school history. The Virginia wrestling program also has been a standout in the classroom; in 2013 UVa was honored by the NWCA as one of the top academic teams in the nation.

Garland and his staff have brought in nine straight Top-25 recruiting classes, including a program-best No. 5 ranking for the 2015 class. His 2007 recruiting class, which included UVa’s first three-time NCAA All-American, Chris Henrich, was ranked No. 5 nationally by W.I.N. Magazine and No. 8 by InterMat.

Virginia won its second ACC Championship under Garland in 2015 and earned a 19th-place finish at the NCAA Championships. Three Cavaliers made the NCAA Round of 12 and seven qualified for NCAAs, with Nick Sulzer (165 pounds) advancing through to claim All-America honors for the third straight year as he became the second three-time All-American in program history. Virginia rolled to the ACC Championship by 14.5 points over Pitt as Sulzer and George DiCamillo each won titles while all 10 Cavaliers finished in the top four at their respective weight classes. UVa defeated four ranked opponents during the dual season, including a pair of top-10 foes, Edinboro and Pitt.

Eight Virginia wrestlers qualified for the NCAA Championships in 2014, with a program-record five Cavaliers earning national seeds. With a fourth-place finish at 165, Nick Sulzer notched All-America honors for the second straight season. Sulzer and Blaise Butler (157) each claimed ACC championships as well. UVa went 18-3 in the regular season - the second-most dual wins in program history - and reached as high as No. 11 in the national polls.

Virginia set program records with nine NCAA qualifiers and four national seeds in 2012-13. Jedd Moore (157 pounds) and Nick Sulzer (165) each earned All-America honors while Matt Snyder (125) and George DiCamillo (133) reached the All-America round. DiCamillo was crowned the ACC champion at 133 pounds, becoming the first UVa freshman to win an ACC title since 1995.

The Cavaliers recorded a program-best No. 11 national ranking during the season and defeated then-No. 9 Central Michigan at the Virginia Duals, marking the first top-10 opponent that Virginia has ever beaten. UVa posted a 16-4 record in dual matches before narrowly finishing second at the ACC Championships and taking 21st at the NCAA Championships.

Virginia also was honored as one of the top academic teams in college wrestling in 2013 as UVa recorded the fifth-best GPA nationally (3.239), while a national-best eight Cavaliers wrestlers were named to the 2012-13 NWCA All-Academic Team. Matt Snyder was named an Academic All-American for the second straight year.

Virginia had another standout year in 2011-12 as three Cavaliers won ACC championships, while the team went 11-1 in dual matches. In recording a 91.7 winning percentage, the Cavaliers set a program record. Matt Snyder (125 pounds), Nick Nelson (141) and Jon Fausey (184) all won ACC titles, while Snyder also was honored as an Academic All-American. A league-high seven Cavaliers were named to the All-ACC Wrestling Academic Team.

Virginia recorded a strong 2010-11 season as the Cavaliers posted their second straight Top 25 finish at the NCAA Championships after taking 23th place. UVa produced a pair of All-Americans, as Derek Valenti (149) and Chris Henrich (174) each reached the podium at NCAAs, while seven Cavaliers qualified for the national championships.

As a team, UVa won a school-record 19 dual meets during the 2010-11 season, including a victory over then-No. 14 Kent State, which at the time was the highest ranked opponent that Virginia had defeated.

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Assistant Coach
Jordan Leen

Former national champion Jordan Leen is serving in his fifth season an assistant coach with the Virginia wrestling team. Leen was a four-time NCAA qualifier and three-time All-America selection while competing at Cornell.

Virginia has had four standout seasons since Leen's arrival, highlighted by 31 NCAA qualifiers, eight ACC champions and four All-Americans as well as the 2015 ACC team championship.

UVa won the ACC Championship in 2015 and earned a 19th-place finish at the NCAA Championships. Three Cavaliers made the NCAA Round of 12 and seven qualified for NCAAs, with Nick Sulzer (165 pounds) advancing through to claim All-America honors for the third straight year as he became the second three-time All-American in program history. Virginia rolled to the ACC Championship by 14.5 points over Pitt as Sulzer and George DiCamillo each won titles while all 10 Cavaliers finished in the top four at their respective weight classes.

Virginia sent eight wrestlers to the NCAA Championships in 2014, including a program-record five national seeds. Nick Sulzer earned All-America honors for the second straight season, taking fourth place at 165 pounds. Sulzer and Blaise Butler (157) each claimed ACC championships as well. UVa went 18-3 in the regular season - the second-most dual wins in program history - and reached as high as No. 11 in the national polls.

Virginia set a program record with nine NCAA qualifiers, including four national seeds, in 2012-13. Jedd Moore (157) and Nick Sulzer (165) each earned All-America honors while Matt Snyder (125) and George DiCamillo (133) reached the All-America round. DiCamillo was crowned the ACC champion at 133 pounds, becoming the first UVa freshman to win an ACC title since 1995.

The Cavaliers recorded a program-best No. 11 national ranking during the season and defeated then-No. 9 Central Michigan at the Virginia Duals, marking the first top-10 opponent that Virginia has ever beaten. UVa posted a 16-4 record in dual matches before narrowly finishing second at the ACC Championships and taking 21st at the NCAA Championships.

Virginia also was honored as one of the top academic teams in college wrestling in 2013 as UVa recorded the fifth-best GPA nationally (3.239), while a national-best eight Cavaliers wrestlers were named to the 2012-13 NWCA All-Academic Team. Matt Snyder was named an Academic All-America for the second straight year.

In Leen's first year in Charlottesville in 2011-12, three Cavaliers won ACC championships, and the team posted an impressive 11-1 mark in dual matches. In recording a 91.7 winning percentage, the Cavaliers set a program record for a single season. Matt Snyder (125), Nick Nelson (141) and Jon Fausey (184) all won ACC titles, while Snyder also was honored as an Academic All-American. A league-high seven Cavaliers were named to the All-ACC Wrestling Academic Team.

A 2009 graduate of Cornell, Leen earned his first coaching job an assistant coach at Duke for the 2010-11 season and worked closely with the middle weights.

He recorded a strong career at Cornell and was recruited to the school by Garland, who was a Big Red assistant coach at the time. Leen made four straight appearances in the NCAA tournament for while wrestling for Cornell at 149 and 157 pounds. The 2008 national champion at 157 pounds, Leen posted a career record of 118-29 and was a First-Team All-Ivy League selection three times.

Leen went 27-3 during his redshirt junior season (2007-08) en route to winning the national championship at 157 pounds. He also was the team captain for the Big Red team, which recorded a ninth-place finish at the NCAA Championships. Leen upset three higher-seeded foes on the road to his championship.

Leen qualified for the NCAA tournament as a true freshman, going 25-16 and taking third place at the EIWA tournament to earn an automatic bid to NCAAs. He also was named the 2005 Ivy League Rookie of the Year. Leen redshirted the 2005-06 season before posting a big season in 2006-07, as he recorded 37 wins and notched All-America honors after taking eighth place at the NCAA Championships.

In his final season with the Big Red (2008-09), Leen won his second EIWA Championship and took third at the NCAA tournament at 157 as he again earned All-America honors. He posted an overall record of 29-3.

Leen worked with ESPN as a commentator during the 2010 NCAA Championships. He was one of three former All-Americans selected to provide analysis during the semifinal bouts.

Volunteer Assistant Coach
Shelton Mack

Shelton Mack is serving in his first season as a volunteer assistant coach for the Virginia wrestling program. Mack was a three-time NCAA qualifier while competing at Pittsburgh.

“We are very excited to welcome Shelton into the Virginia wrestling family,” Virginia head coach Steve Garland said. “I have known him for several years as we recruited him while he was in high school. I also followed him throughout his career and saw him first hand when Pitt joined the ACC. He will be a big help with the hands-on training of our lightweights moving forward.”

Mack recorded 84 wins while wrestling at 133 pounds for Pitt. He qualified for the NCAA Championships in 2012, 2013 and 2014, reaching the round of 12 in 2012 before falling one win shy of All-America status. He earned a career-best 26 wins during his senior season and went 2-2 at the NCAA Championships, where he took eventual national champion Tony Ramos of Iowa down to the wire before narrowly falling, 3-1.

Mack finished third at 133 at the ACC Championships in Pitt’s first year in the ACC in 2014 after recording back-to-back runner-up finishes at the EWL Championships in 2012 and 2013.

A native of Meadville, Pa., where he attended Meadville Area High School, Mack graduated from Pitt in 2014 after double majoring in sociology and history.