PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania’s Director of Athletics, Steve Bilsky, has announced that Rob Eiter will be resigning his position as head wrestling coach as he pursues other professional opportunities.
“We are sorry to see Rob leave,” said Bilsky. “Our wrestling program has a proud history, and Rob has done his part to add to that legacy over the last six years. We wish him well with his future endeavors.”
"At the conclusion of the season, I had a chance to step back from the daily grind a bit and evaluate myself, and I realized that the energy needed to serve as head coach at a program like Penn wasn't there," said Eiter. "I am thankful to Mr. Bilsky, Alanna Shanahan, and everyone at Penn for six great years as head coach and eight years overall as a member of the Penn Athletics family. I am excited to be able to spend some time with my family and re-energize myself."
Eiter coached four All-Americans during his tenure as Penn’s head coach, the most recent coming this season when Lorenzo Thomas placed sixth at the NCAA Championships at 184 pounds and became the program’s first All-America in that weight class. The others have been Scott Giffin (174 lbs.) in 2010, Zack Kemmerer (141) in 2011, and Micah Burak (197) in 2012. Overall, Penn had 33 NCAA qualifiers during the Eiter era.
Two wrestlers won EIWA titles during Eiter’s tenure, Bryan Ortenzio in 2012 at 133 pounds and Burak in 2013 at 197 pounds, while 10 others reached the EIWA final in their weight class. Penn wrestlers also earned 43 All-Ivy certificates under Eiter, including eight who were first-team selections.
As a team, Penn finished second in the Ivy League behind only Cornell every year that Eiter was head coach. The Quakers also had a second-place finish at the 2010 EIWA Championships, again behind the Big Red, and a third-place finish at the 2013 EIWAs.
Penn will conduct a national search for Eiter’s successor.