Jeff Breese has been promoted to assistant coach of the Northern Illinois University wrestling program, Huskie head coach Ryan Ludwig announced Thursday.
Breese spent the 2011-2012 season as a volunteer assistant under previous NIU head coach Dave Grant, who retired at the end of last season. Prior to coming to the DeKalb, Ill.-based school, Breese spent the 2009-2010 season reviving the long-dormant wrestling program at Penn State-New Kensington. He also was an assistant at Seton Hill University in Greensburg, Pa.
“We’re really excited to add Jeff to the staff,” Ludwig said. “He has a tremendous passion for wrestling. He’s been a collegiate coach in the past, so he obviously knows what the job entails. He has a real passion to build this program.
“He does really well with our lightweight wrestlers. He also has a lot of ties out there, recruiting-wise, that can help elevate the program as well.”
As a wrestler, Breese was a three-year starter at North Carolina State. A native of Claysville, Pa., Breese was a two-time PIAA state champ for McGuffey High School.
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