Fairmont State Announces Bonaventura as New Head Wrestling Coach

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Story by Blake Smith, Sports Information Director

FAIRMONT, W.Va. — Fairmont State Director of Athletics Greg Bamberger has announced Gennaro Bonaventura as the new head wrestling coach of the Fighting Falcon wrestling program. Bonaventura is set to start at Fairmont State on August 1.

Bonaventura comes to Fairmont State from Waynesburg University in Pennsylvania where he was the head assistant wrestling coach and head women’s lacrosse coach since 2017. At Waynesburg, Bonaventura developed and mentored Jake Evans to an NCAA National Championship in 2018. Bonaventura assisted in four NCAA All-America honors, nine NCAA National qualifiers, three regional champions, and 20 President’s Athletic Conference champions.

“Gennaro brings a strong wrestling background from Waynesburg, and we are looking forward to his passion and leadership in our wrestling program,” said Bamberger.
“Gennaro will look to build the future of Fairmont State wrestling and guide our current student-athletes to success this coming year.”

At Waynesburg, Bonaventura developed and mentored Jake Evans to an NCAA National Championship in 2018. Bonaventura assisted in four NCAA All-America honors, nine NCAA National qualifiers, three regional champions, and 20 President’s Athletic Conference champions.

“I am excited and honored to have been chosen to be the next Head Wrestling Coach at Fairmont State University, said Bonaventura. “I would like to thank Greg Bamberger and the rest of the search committee for believing in me and giving me the opportunity to lead this program. I am excited to get to work and to be part of the Fighting Falcon Family!”

He has assisted and led the Waynesburg wrestling program to three consecutive PAC team titles from 2017 to 2019.

Prior to being elevated to head assistant wrestling coach in 2017, Bonaventura held the position of graduate assistant at Waynesburg where he helped with recruiting, administrative work, and running practices.

At Waynesburg, Bonaventura served as the head equipment manager and graduated with his degree in Sport Management in 2015. He completed a Master of Education Degree in Athletic Administration and Coaching in the spring of 2017 at Waynesburg.

In his collegiate career, Bonaventura saw success as a two-sport student-athlete in wrestling and football. He recorded 20 wins on the mat in the 197 weight class and was part of the conference championship wrestling team in 2011, 2013, and 2014. On the gridiron, Bonaventura was part of the PAC Conference championship team and ECAC Southwest Bowl Championship team in 2012.

Bonaventura was a wrestling camp counselor in the summer months of 2013 and 2014 for the Oklahoma State University wrestling camp at Waynesburg and is the co-founder of the podcast, D3 Nation, which is built to promote NCAA Division II wrestling.

Bonaventura also served as Head Equipment Manager and Head Women’s lacrosse coach at Waynesburg University. He is married to his wife Heather, a Waynesburg alumna, and they reside in Morgantown, West Virginia. They are the proud parents of their son Colt and dog Bella.

What other coaches say about Coach Bonaventura:
Oregon State University Associate Head Coach Nate Engel
“Gennaro is one of the hardest working people in the wrestling world that I have ever been around. From my first day working wrestling camp in the summer Gennaro took charge and lead from the front. Once he started his coaching career he developed into one of the best assistant coaches in the country. He hustles as a recruiter but most of all he cares about each person on the team and gets the best out of them. I could not be more excited for him taking the next step as a head coach. Fairmont State University is in great hands.”

Case Western Reserve University Head Coach Josh Malave
“I am so excited for Gennaro to lead the Fairmont State University wrestling program! He has a deep passion for the sport, and for building champions on and off the mat. He will undoubtedly make a huge impact with his ability as a recruiter and character as a service leader.”

Roanoke College Head Coach Nathan Yetzer
“Gennaro is one of the most respected coaches in the DIII landscape. He is someone who obviously cares for his athletes. His positive attitude is a reason why his guys excel, and people enjoy being around. Fairmont State University got a great leader and even more importantly a great human being.”

Former Waynesburg University Head Coach Ron Headlee
“Gennaro has been a valuable asset to us at Waynesburg University. His knowledge of the sport and his positive interaction he has had with the members of our team played a big role in the success we had. I am sure he will do the same for Fairmont State University.”

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