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Fenwick names Reggie Wright as new head wrestling coach

New Friar had successful college career as coach and wrestler

Published: Tuesday, April 15, 2014 12:03 p.m. CST • Updated: Friday, July 25, 2014 4:41 a.m. CST

OAK PARK – Fenwick High School announced Reggie Wright as its new head wrestling coach.

Wright graduated from Proviso East and won two IHSA state titles as a Pirate. He was a National Junior College Champion for Triton College before joining the Oklahoma State Cowboys where he was a three-time Big 12 Champion and a three-time NCAA All-American. He also holds Master's degrees in Kinesiology and School Business Management.

“Reggie understands the balance of academics and athletics," Fenwick athletic director Scott Thies said in a release. "Reggie’s success on the mat and experience coaching will make him a great addition to Fenwick.”

In his post-collegiate career, Wright placed third at the Acropolis Tournament in Athens, Greece and fourth in the U.S. Open. He spent six years as an assistant coach at the University of Indiana where he coached 10 All-Americans and six Academic All-Americans including two-time NCAA Champion Joe Dubuque. After leaving Indiana, Wright became the head coach at Delaware State University.

“This is a terrific opportunity for me to live my purpose in life of helping student athletes by sharing my love of Christ through the sport of wrestling," Wright said in the release. "I look forward to the challenge of continuing the success of the prestigious program that Jerry and Chris Ruffino have built over the years. I believe that my experiences in wrestling for the legendary Hall of Fame coach Bill Cartwright and the two-time Olympic Champion John Smith will help me lead Fenwick."

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