Jordan Leen Named Brown University Wrestling Head Coach
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PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Brown University Athletics has named Jordan Leen the Marvin Wilenzik ’56 Head Coaching Chair for Brown Wrestling. Leen joins College Hill after six seasons as the associate head coach at the University of Pittsburgh.
“We are excited to have Jordan join Brown Athletics and lead our wrestling program,” said M. Grace Calhoun ’92, Ph.D., Chancellor Samuel M. Mencoff ’78 Vice President for Athletics and Recreation. “As a national champion, three-time All-American, and four-time NCAA qualifier, Jordan knows what it takes to compete at the highest level while pursuing a world-class education. Jordan’s record of success combined with his work ethic and vision for building the program set him apart. We are thrilled to welcome Jordan, Paige, and their three sons to Providence.”
“It is an honor to be selected as the next Marvin Wilenzik ’56 Head Coaching Chair for Brown Wrestling,” said Leen. “I am grateful that Dr. Calhoun and her leadership team have entrusted me with this great opportunity. Brown’s academic reputation speaks for itself. The wrestling program has established a strong foundation over the years. My wife and I are excited to move our family to Providence, and I am ready to get to work. It is a great time to be at Brown. The future is bright!”
As the Panthers’ associate head coach, Leen has coached 27 NCAA qualifiers, 10 Individual ACC Champions, and seven All-Americans, including a pair of ACC Champions and NCAA Finalists in Nino Bonaccorsi and Jake Wentzel. The 2021 team finished 11th at the NCAA Championships – the best team finish since 1970, while the Panther’s incoming recruiting class for 2022 is ranked No. 14 in the nation
Leen joined Pitt’s staff after six seasons with Virginia, where he also served as an assistant and eventually Associate Head Coach, helping to produce 40 NCAA qualifiers, nine ACC champions, and six All-Americans. Leen was crucial in landing several nationally recognized recruiting classes, including the No. 5 ranked class in 2015.
Leen got his coaching start at Duke in 2010-11.
A 2009 graduate of Cornell, Leen was the 2008 157-pound NCAA champion, a three-time All-American, and a four-time NCAA qualifier. He posted a career record of 118-29 while garnering First Team All-Ivy honors three times.
WHAT THEY ARE SAYING ABOUT JORDAN LEEN
“Jordan was an integral part of the progress we have been able to make here at Pitt. He earned this opportunity and we are all happy for him. I look forward to seeing him do great things with the Brown wrestling program.” – Keith Gavin, Pitt Wrestling Head Coach
“Jordan was one of the most influential people in my wrestling career. He pushed me harder than I thought possible and he was one of the few people that believed I could be a true freshman national champion. He has a wealth of knowledge and incredible character. He is a perfect fit for the job, and I’m excited to see what he can accomplish as a head coach!” – Kyle Dake, four-time NCAA Division I National Champion & Ivy League graduate
“Jordan is a fantastic fit for Brown. With his background as an Ivy League athlete himself, he knows what it takes to excel in a challenging academic environment while achieving lofty wrestling goals. With his experience here at Virginia and Pitt, he has also learned how to fundraise, recruit and develop his guys. He’s more than ready for this. I’m really happy for him” – Steve Garland, Virginia Wrestling Head Coach
“It’s exciting to see that Brown has made a commitment to excellence in their wrestling program with the recent hiring of Jordan Leen. Jordan is imminently well prepared to succeed at Brown. As a former Ivy League wrestler, he understands the unique academic and financial environment within the league. He is intelligent, charismatic, creative, and unwaveringly competitive. Jordan’s been a consummate champion in every endeavor and I have no doubt he will be equally successful at Brown.” – Rob Koll, Stanford Wrestling Head Coach
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