Koballa added to wrestling staff, Marchette steps up

From Notre Dame College Athletics

SOUTH EUCLID, Ohio – The Notre Dame College wrestling team has named Adam Koballa as an assistant coach and promoted Sonny Marchette to Head Assistant Coach.

The two have multiple ties to the streamlined success NDC has had in the wrestling world and will look to continue to add to the Falcons championship dynasty.

“Our coaches are integral parts of our winning tradition,” said head coach Frank Romano. “The top-notch staff members we have had over the years have played key roles in our accomplishments. I am happy to add Adam as a full-fledged assistant coach and see Sonny take over the role of Head Assistant.”

Koballa was a student-athlete at Notre Dame during the foundational years of the program and a volunteer coach over the past two seasons. As a National Champion and three-time All-American (2008-10), he brings with him a wealth of experience. Koballa was part of the first National Championship team in 2010 and first joined the coaching staff in 2011 when the team won its second championship. Before returning to the program, he served as the Head Wrestling Coach at Walsh Jesuit High School from 2013-16. Adam is the first Alumni to be added to the coaching staff since Romano began the program in 2006. He also serves as a coach for the Ohio National Freestyle Team.

“It feels great to be back doing what I love for a program that I was blessed to help pioneer,” Koballa said. “I have a lot of pride in this place and I look forward to assisting in adding to the championship legacy.”

Marchette will enter his sixth season with the Falcons as he moves to become the top assistant. He has seen success in all steps of his career from his time as stellar high school and college athlete to coaching at every level. Marchette was an essential member of the 2014 and 2017 National Championship teams.

“Sonny has been a hands-on coach and part of the backbone of Falcon wrestling over the years,” Romano said. “He plays a large role in the psychological mindset of our team and wrestlers.”

With the new additions to its staff, the Notre Dame wrestling team will once again look to land at the top of the NCAA Division II Championships, which will be held in Cleveland, Ohio in March of 2019.

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