I am Mountain Cat Proud to announce that our very own Head Wrestling Coach Pat Pecora made NCAA Division II history last night with his 500th career win. Coach Pecora is the first wrestling coach in NCAA Division II to reach the 500-win plateau, and only the fifth coach in all of NCAA history to reach this milestone. Throughout his 36-year career at Pitt-Johnstown, Coach Pecora has dedicated himself to establishing a wrestling program that is nationally known and respected. His milestone victory at Shippensburg last night not only affirms his place in the history of Pitt-Johnstown, but elevates him to the status of legendary coach in collegiate wrestling and in the National Collegiate Athletic Association.
Since taking the helm of our wrestling program in 1976, Coach Pecora’s teams have earned 20 NCAA Regional Championships, finished in the Top-20 in the nation 28 times, and won 48 team tournaments and 500 dual meets. He has been selected as the NCAA Regional “Coach of the Year” 14 times, and has coached 90 NWCA All-Academic Wrestling Team Members. Legendary, indeed.
Please join me in congratulating Coach Pecora on this milestone achievement and for his outstanding contribution to Pitt-Johnstown’s long-standing tradition of athletics excellence.