NWCA announces the Division II National Coach of the Year

Manheim, PA – The National Wrestling Coaches Association is pleased to announce Pat Pecora as the Division II National Coach of the Year winner as selected by his peers.  This award is presented to the coach that has demonstrated outstanding effort throughout the season in developing and elevating their program on campus and in the community. The Regional and National Coach of the Year awards are presented by Defense Soap, the official Hygiene partner of the NWCA. 

Defense Soap Owner, Guy Sako stated, “In continuing our mission, Defense Soap is proud to partner with the NWCA, to keep wrestlers on the mat with our products and education in hygiene.” 

 Coach Pat Pecora has been coaching at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown for forty-three years. Coach Pecora has led his team to a 16-3 dual meet record and Co-Champions of his conference. He is also the all-time Division II leader in victories with 597 and second among all coaches in all divisions in the history of college wrestling. His 2019 Squad captured the programs’ 22nd NCAA Regional Title while crowing three champions and qualifying 7 wrestlers for the NCAA DII National Championships to be held in Cleveland, OH. 

 “We are pleased to recognize this year’s National Coach of the Year recipient, Pat Pecora, and want to thank him for providing a quality experience for his student-athletes and for being an outstanding role model to our sport,” NWCA Executive Director, Mike Moyer. 

Pecora will receive his NWCA National Coach of the Year award at the Division II Hall of Fame function, Thursday, March 7 prior to the NCAA Division II National Wrestling Championship in Cleveland, Ohio. 


  • Super Region I: Pat Pecora (University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown) 
  • Super Region II: Cy Wainwright (Newberry) 
  • Super Region III: Danny Irwin (Wheeling Jesuit) 
  • Super Region IV: James Kisgen (McKendree) 
  • Super Region V: Jim Makovsky (Minnesota State-Mankato) 
  • Super Region VI: Austin Devoe (Colorado Mines) 
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