Ward Hires Dellavecchia to Complete 2021-22 Wrestling Staff
In preparation for his eighth season at the helm of the Army wrestling team, head coach Kevin Ward announced that Jesse Dellavecchia will join his staff for the 2021-22 slate on Wednesday afternoon. Dellavecchia, a 2021 NCAA All-American at Rider University, will serve as a volunteer assistant coach.
“Adding Jesse to our staff is a huge boost to our program and fits into our vision of the type of people we want helping guide our athletes towards their goals,” Ward said. “As an athlete, Jesse showed incredible self-belief and determination in becoming a two-time all American and NCAA finalist during his competitive career. He is one of the most promising young coaches in the country, and his experiences overcoming the odds in competing at the highest levels of NCAA wrestling will be a huge benefit to our program.”
The first-ever national finalist in Rider Wrestling history, Dellavecchia had an extremely decorated career during his tenure with the Broncs. A two-time Mid-American Conference Champion at 157 pounds, he was named the 2021 MAC Wrestler of the Year after a historic campaign that saw him finish second in the National Championship Bout.
During his dominant run in 2021, Dellavecchia racked up an 11-1 record and pinned top-seeded Ryan Deakin of Northwestern, who entered the bout undefeated, in the National Championship Semifinal. The 18th All-American in the program's history finished his career as a Bronc 66-10 overall. Read more.