Jan. 7, 2002
DALLAS, TX - Coach Dave Amato earned his 300th career victory as the Brown wrestling team compiled an impressive 3-1 record at the Lone Star Duals on Saturday, January 5.
The Bears defeated Wyoming 26-15, Northwestern 21-17, and Stanford 22-13. In their second match of the day, the Bears fell to Cal Poly 30-9.
Amato, the winningest coach in Brown University wrestling history, is in his nineteenth season at the helm of the program. Under Amato's watchful eye, the Brown program has become one of the most respected in the East, and certainly a perennial power in the ultra-competitive Ivy League.
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 NCAAs, the most ever in Amato's career. In 1999-2000, five Bears qualified for the NCAA's, with EIWA Freshman of the Year Bronson Lingamfelter winning two matches before falling. He has coached such high caliber wrestlers as Bob Hill '88, a two-time Ivy Wrestler of the Year, and a two-time Eastern Champion.
A 1973 graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Amato became head wrestling coach at Potsdam State in 1975, and in his one year there, he led Potsdam to an 8-7 record and an eighth place NCAA Division III finish. He coached two All-Americans and one national champion, and was the runner-up in the balloting for "Collegiate Rookie Coach of the Year."
He returned to the University of Massachusetts as head coach in 1976. During his first two years, his teams were third in New England and they were ranked second the next three years. He compiled a 52-33-3 dual meet record in his five years in Amherst, and was named the New England Coach of the Year in both 1979 and 1980.
A strong proponent of educating people about wrestling, Amato sponsors several clinics each year at Brown on the sport. Dave resides in Barrington, Rhode Island with his wife, Elaine, and their three daughters, Niki, Brianne, Jen and son Matt.
Amato's career record now stands at 301-170-3 in 24 years as a head coach. His record at Brown is 239-135-3.