Wrestling Adds Kyle Cerminara to Coaching Staff

PHILADELPHIA - Head coach Rob Eiter announced an addition to his coaching staff with the hiring of former NCAA All-America Kyle Cerminara.

"We are thrilled to add an elite competitor like Kyle to our coaching staff," Eiter said. "He has succeeded at both the college and international levels as a wrestler and has coached some of the best collegiate mid and upper-weight wrestlers in the nation the last two years. He will be a valuable asset in the development of our bigger wrestlers."

Cerminara, a 2006 graduate of the University at Buffalo, was an All-America in 2004 at 197 pounds, finishing eighth. With that trip to the podium, Cerminara became Buffalo's first - and only - All-America while competing as a Division I institution.

"I am grateful and excited to have the opportunity to coach at Penn," Cerminara said. "Penn has great tradition and I am excited to assist Coach Eiter in producing NCAA All-Americas and National Champions on a consistent basis, while maintaining academic excellence."

Cerminara graduated as Buffalo's all-time winningest wrestler with 137 career wins, a distinction he still holds today. His All-America season of 2003-04 saw him establish the single-season win mark as well with 41 wins. He twice won MAC championships and was a three-time NCAA Qualifier.

Upon graduation, Cerminara has been simultaneously competing in freestyle and commencing his coaching career.

From 2008-10, he served as an assistant coach at Edinboro University, guiding the Scots to a sixth-place finish at the NCAA Championships in 2009 and a 16th-place finish last season. Along the way, Cerminara worked extensively with 2009 NCAA champion at 165 pounds Jarrod King and four other wrestlers who earned All-America honors. In both of Cerminara's seasons assisting at Edinboro, the Scots claimed EWL championships.

While coaching at Edinboro, Cerminara also continued his own wrestling career in freestyle. In 2009, he was runner up at the Pan-American Games and at the U.S. Open. In 2008, he was the third-place finisher at the U.S. Open. Twice he has finished as runner-up at the Hargobin International event as well as the Sunkist International event. In addition, Cerminara has claimed third place at the Dave Schultz Memorial Championship and the Alexander Medved Golden Grand Prix.