Penn adds Bryan Pearsall as assistant coach

By Penn Athletics | June 30, 2017, 2 p.m. (ET)
PHILADELPHIA – Bryan Pearsall has joined the Penn Wrestling coaching staff as an assistant coach as announced today by head coach Roger Reina. Pearsall will join Mike McMullan as assistant coaches for the Quakers heading into the 2017-18 season.

“I am thrilled to add Bryan to our coaching group,” said Reina. “He has strong working knowledge of the EIWA from his coaching stops at Army West Point and Rutgers, and his experience as a member of three NCAA championship teams during his collegiate career at Penn State will be of great benefit to our program as we aim for big goals of our own.”

Pearsall was on staff at Army West Point in each of the last three seasons, working primarily with the lower and middle weights. During his tenure with the Black Knights, Pearsall coached 13 NCAA Championships qualifiers and 18 EIWA Championships placewinners helping Army climb the EIWA rankings in both competitive results and recruiting success. Pearsall’s work in recruiting student-athletes to West Point helped the Black Knights land a 2017 recruiting class ranked No. 16 by WIN Magazine, No. 21 by InterMat and No. 23 by The Open Mat.

“First and foremost, I want to thank Roger Reina for this amazing opportunity,” said Pearsall. “I am excited to join him and Mike McMullan on the Penn coaching staff. I have had the benefit of having great mentors in my life thus far and cannot wait to work with another in Hall of Fame head coach Roger Reina. His track record of success speaks for itself. I am grateful for the opportunity to coach at an institution with such a deep history of wrestling success and look forward to working with Roger and Mike and also partnering with Brandon Slay and Matt Valenti to continue the upward trajectory of both the Pennsylvania Regional Training Center and Penn Wrestling’s proud involvement with Beat The Streets Philadelphia. I would also like to thank Kevin Ward and everyone at Army West Point. The three years I spent working with great coaching minds and impressive student-athletes was an amazing experience.”

Before his stint at Army West Point, Pearsall spent the 2013-14 season at Rutgers where he also coached the Scarlet Knight Wrestling Club – a regional training center hosted by Rutgers. In their last season in the EIWA before transitioning to the Big Ten, the Scarlet Knights posted an 11-5 record in dual meets and finished third at a highly competitive EIWA Championships in The Palestra.

Competing for Penn State in college, Pearsall was a four-year starter for the Nittany Lions and a member of Penn State’s 2011, 2012, and 2013 NCAA championship teams under head coach Cael Sanderson. In 2013, Pearsall was fifth at the Big Ten Championships and a NCAA qualifier at 141 pounds.

Pearsall graduated from Penn State in 2013 with a bachelor's degree in rehabilitation and human services. A product of Lititz, Pa., Pearsall was a high school standout at Warwick High School.

Pearsall competed in freestyle for PAWF, earning USAW Junior freestyle All-American honors. A USA Wrestling Bronze Certified coach, Pearsall previously served as Director of the West Point Wrestling Club, coaching athletes at UWW Junior Nationals and the U.S. Open in Las Vegas. In addition, he has continued his involvement with PAWF as a coach including this season as he preps Pennsylvania’s entries for the upcoming Cadet and Junior National championships in Fargo.

“I am very excited about coming back home to Pennsylvania. Between Penn Wrestling, the Pennsylvania RTC, and Beat the Streets Philly, the combined wrestling ecosystem is one of the strongest in the country. The University of Pennsylvania is among our nation’s elite academic institutions and the wrestling program also has a storied history of success. It is an impressive and distinct combination and Coach Reina has a powerful vision and lofty goals for the team. I cannot wait to help our wrestlers achieve those goals. I'm excited, motivated, and eager to get to work.”
Pearsall’s official start date with the Red and Blue is July 3.