PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Former University of Wyoming standout and four-time All-American Joe LeBlanc has been named an assistant coach for the Brown wrestling team, it was announced by Head Coach Todd Beckerman on Wednesday. Following one season as an assistant at Indiana University, LeBlanc will assist Beckerman will all aspects of the program.
"I am extremely excited to have Joe join our coaching staff,” Beckerman said. “From his storied athletic career to his coaching experience, he brings a wealth of knowledge and skill to our team. We now have coaching expertise in the room at every weight class, which is a huge asset for our student-athletes as we start the season and our journey to the National Tournament."
LeBlanc stands as the winningest wrestler in Wyoming history with 147 wins, including 18 victories in the NCAA Championships that landed him in the nation’s top-six four years in a row. As a senior, LeBlanc posted a 34-3 record and earned the top seed in the 184 lbs class for the 2012 NCAA Championships after surrendering just one regular season bout.
“I am very excited to have this great opportunity to coach at such a prestigious institution,” LeBlanc said. “Brown has everything necessary to produce a nationally prominent wrestling team in years to come and this is an opportunity to build upon its successful tradition. I am really looking forward to working with Coach Beckerman and his staff. We share the same vision to regularly produce National Champions and All-Americans and I am confident that we can make this happen at Brown.”
At Indiana, LeBlanc helped five Hoosiers qualify for the NCAA Championships and served as the sparring partner for Adam Chalfant, who earned the No. 12 seed in the national tournament in 2013.
LeBlanc and his wife, Amanda, have two sons, Tyson and Colby, and are expecting their third child. A three-time National Wrestling Coaches Association Academic All-American, LeBlanc graduated from Wyoming with a degree in kinesiology and health promotion in 2012.