Justin Signorelli has been named the new wrestling coach at Alfred State. Signorelli has already jumped into his duties as the Pioneers prepare for the 2019-20 season.
Signorelli is excited to take over the program. "I am grateful for the confidence being shown in my abilities and my vision for the program by Athletic Director Jason Doviak in affording me the opportunity to lead the Pioneers NCAA DIII Wrestling program."
"Justin emerged from a strong pool of candidates as the obvious choice," stated Director of Athletics Jason Doviak. "He has a versatile background and is certainly going to strengthen our wrestling program. His vision and enthusiasm is a perfect fit for Alfred State."
Alfred State President Dr. Skip Sullivan echoed Doviak's thought's. "I like the enthusiasm that is being brought to our teams and potential impact that will have for our student-athletes. I appreciate the "student-athlete" approach that the Justin is bringing to the wrestling program."
Signorelli comes to Alfred State after spending last season as a graduate assistant coach at Western New England University. This year at WNE he coached three NWCA Academic All-Americans and two NCAA National Qualifiers including NCAA DIII 184 lb Champion John Boyle.
Prior to his time at Western New England, Signorelli spent two years as the head wrestling coach at SUNY Ulster Community College. While at Ulster, Signorelli was tasked with resurrecting and building the wrestling program that had not been active since 1979. During his two seasons Signorelli coached an Academic All-American, led 14 wrestlers to All-District honors including a North East District individual champion, and he qualified seven wrestlers to compete at the NJCAA National Championship Tournament. Along with his coaching duties at Ulster he also served as Assistant Athletic Director within the Ulster Athletic Department and was an Adjunct Professor working in the Physical Education Department.
Signorelli previously was an assistant coach at Highland High School for three years, leading Highland to its first team sectional title during his tenure.
Collegiately he was a four-year letter winner at NCAA DIII SUNY Cortland, serving two of those seasons as team captain. In 2013, he helped lead his team to a 4th place finish at the NWCA DIII National Duals. His Red Dragon teams were consistently ranked in the top 10 in the country and he placed in many tournaments including winning the Jamestown Open. He graduated from SUNY Cortland earning his Bachelors of Arts degree in Communications.
At Highland High School he competed in football, wrestling, and lacrosse. On the mat he was a four-year varsity team captain and was a three-time Section 9 D2 Champion, three-time MHAL Champion and he won over 85% of his varsity matches in his four seasons en route to becoming the first member of Highland's 100-win club. He was a captain on Highland's varsity football Section 9 Class B Championship team in 2008 and graduated with honors in 2009.
"I plan to lead a program full of student athletes who are committed to living a championship lifestyle academically, socially and athletically. By recruiting and leading student athletes committed to this philosophy in conjunction with our programs goals we will become competitive not only on the regional level but on the national level as well."