The official announcement has been made by Baker University Director of Athletics Theresa Yetmar that Pete Di Pol will be the new head wrestling coach, taking over for the former head coach Jimmy May.
Di Pol had been coaching at Gloucester County College in Sewell New Jersey, where he was twice named Garden State Athletic Conference Coach of the Year. GCC finished fourth in the country for 2012 and 5th in the NJCAA Non-Scholarship division.
“Throughout the search process we were overwhelmed by the interest in our wrestling program, and had a very impressive candidate pool,” said Yetmar. “The passion exhibited for our program is truly a credit to the work ethic of our student-athletes and coaches who have established our program in the last five years.
“In the search for our new head coach, Pete set himself apart with his outstanding credentials and his ability to communicate a vision for Baker wrestling moving forward. He believes in our mission of developing champions for life, which rests on finding success on the mat and in the classroom. We look forward to Pete joining our team and carrying on our winning tradition.”
“I’m ecstatic,” said Di Pol. “It’s been a life long dream of mine to coach at the four-year collegiate level. I respect what Coach May has done starting the wrestling program at Baker and I am very impressed in the program he has created. I am excited to come in and help carry on that tradition.
“I can’t get over how nice everyone I met was when I visited the Baker campus and I can’t wait to be part of the Baker family.”