Hall of Fame Wrestling Coach Pecora Receives State Commendation


posted May 11, 2017

State Sen. Wayne Langerholc Jr. presented Pitt-Johnstown wrestling coach Pat Pecora with a commendation from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, commemorating Pecora’s recent induction into the Pennsylvania Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.

Langerholc and Pecora

State Sen. Wayne Langerholc (left) presents a commendation from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to Pitt-Johnstown Hall of Fame wrestling coach Pat Pecora

The presentation took place May 11, 2017, at the Pitt-Johnstown Sports Center’s Hall of Fame room. Pecora was inducted into the Hall of Fame in a ceremony in Hershey, PA, on April 29.

"The name Pat Pecora is synonymous with wrestling," said Sen. Langerholc. "He's had a great and positive impact on students' lives and the community."

Pecora has coached Pitt-Johnstown since 1976 and has doubled as Pitt-Johnstown's Athletic Director since 2008. In 41 season, his teams have captured 21 NCAA Regional Championships and were NCAA Division II National Champions in 1996 and 1999. 

"I'm honored and humbled," said Pecora. "Being involved with wrestling has been my life."

Pecora, whose 569 dual meet victories are tied for second all-time in all divisions, has been the NCAA Regional Coach of the Year 16 times and has coached 12 individual national champions who have combine to win 19 national titles. Pecora was named NCAA Division II National Coach of the Year in 1995 as well as in 1999, when he also received the National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) Coaching Excellence Award, which is presented to the best coach in all divisions. 

He is also a member the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame-East Boro Chapter, the Cambria County Sports Hall of Fame, the West Liberty State College Hall of Fame, the PA Wrestling Coaches Hall of Fame, the NCAA Division II Wrestling Hall of Fame, the Pitt-Johnstown Athletics Hall of Fame, and the Western Chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame.

The University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown is marking its 90th anniversary well as the 50th year of the campus in its Richland Township location. Pitt-Johnstown was founded in 1927 and is the first and largest regional campus of the University of Pittsburgh. Pitt-Johnstown is recognized by the Princeton Review as a “Best in the Northeast” college, by G.I. Jobs as a “Military Friendly School,” and by Pennsylvania Business Central as a "Top 100 Organization.” The distinctive combination of Pitt-Johnstown’s people, programs, and place results in exceptional performance in preparing students for career and professional success. Pitt-Johnstown is the regional leader, educating for success in the Real World.