Providence, R.I. - Brown head wrestling coach Dave Amato has announced his retirement after guiding the Bears' wrestling program for the last 30 years. Amato is the most successful coach in Brown wrestling history with over 300 career victories.
"It's been an honor to coach at Brown for the last 30 years," said Amato. "I've coached at Brown for the better part of my adult life and my two daughters grew up at Brown. Coaching the many outstanding young men at Brown has been a privilege, and I wish the program the best of luck in the future."
"The entire Brown community thanks Dave for his 30 years of dedication to the Brown wrestling program," said Jack Hayes, Brown's Director of Athletics. "Legions of Brown wrestlers have excelled on the mat and have gone on to honor the university with success in the community. We all wish Dave the best for the future."
Amato has posted a 30-year record of 379-298-7, but it's the quality of his wrestlers that define his career. He has coached two Ivy League Wrestlers of the Year - two-time winner Bob Hill '88 (1987, 1988) and Willie Carpenter '97 (1996) - and three Ivy Rookies of the Year - E.C. Muelhaupt '89 (1986), Carpenter (1993), and Bronson Lingamfelter '02 (1999).
Amato has recruited and coached seven wrestlers who have been inducted into the Brown Athletics Hall of Fame. In addition, Amato's 379 career wins rank in the top three among all NCAA Division I active coaches.
Ten of his wrestlers have captured EIWA Championships, while two have been named the Outstanding Wrestler at the Tournament. Amato's wrestlers have placed 116 times at EIWA Championship. A total of 27 of Amato's Bears have earned First Team All-Ivy honors 44 times, including four-time All-Ivy Joe Mocco '93. Two of Amato's grapplers have earned All-American recognition, Carpenter in 1996 and Tivon Abel in 1998.
In 1992, Amato was named EIWA Coach of the Year after he led the Bears to a record 19 victories and saw four Brown wrestlers qualify for the NCAA Championships. In 1993, Brown sent a record-setting six grapplers to the NCAA's, the most ever in Amato's career. In 1999-2000, five Bears qualified for the NCAA's.
Amato's teams have also always performed well in the classroom. In 2005 and 2006, Brown's wrestling team was honored by the National Wrestling Coaches Association for having the country's highest GPA. In 2007, the Bears ranked third in the nation, but the team's GPA was still better than it was the previous year. Just last year, his squad posted the eighth best GPA in the nation.