Millersville names Jerry Boland head wrestling coach
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MILLERSVILLE, Pa. – Following a nationwide search, Millersville University Director of Athletics Miles Gallagher has named Jerry Boland as the Marauders’ new head wrestling coach. Boland comes to Millersville after three years building Davis & Elkins from a start-up program into a national name.
A proven winner at every level, Boland brings an impeccable track record of success to Millersville. In 2018, Boland started the wrestling program at Davis & Elkins and produced immediate results. Boland guided 10 wrestlers to the NCAA Division II Championships in just three competitive seasons. In 2022, Boland’s 157-pounder, Noah Tarr, placed fifth to give D&E its first All-American. He also coached a Mountain East Conference champ and the 2022 Mountain East Freshman of the Year.
“Coach Boland is a leader and a teacher and emphasizes all the right things in developing student-athletes on and off the mat,” said Gallagher. “The success that he has had as a head coach, especially at the Division II level, is undeniable. We can’t wait for Coach Boland to start working with our student-athletes and recruiting this talent-rich area. We see a bright future ahead for Millersville wrestling with Coach Boland at the helm.”
Before his venture into collegiate coaching, Boland spent 20 years as an educator, including nine as a high school principal, and the emphasis on education is evident in his wrestling teams. Twenty of his D&E wrestlers earned NWCA Scholar All-America recognition in three years.
“My goal is to build a winning, family culture, one that fosters positive relationships, a passion for the sport of wrestling, and a commitment to hard work–on the mat and in the classroom,” said Boland. “The rest will take care of itself. Millersville is getting a coach with high morals, looking to build strong relationships with each member of the team and getting them to step outside of their comfort zone to fulfill their potential.”
Boland is no stranger to the region. A four-time state qualifier in New Jersey as a high schooler, Boland starred at Lycoming College and earned induction into the school’s athletics hall of fame as a two-time NCAA Division III Championships qualifier, an All-American in 1997, and two-time team captain. He totaled 98 career wins and helped Lycoming to a 22-0 record and national dual championship.
His winning ways on the mat carried over to his coaching career. Boland started under the tutelage of hall of fame coach Gary Papa at Camden Catholic, where, as an assistant coach, he helped the program win four state titles in five years. Boland took over his own program at Cinnaminson in 2004 and later became the head coach at Camden Catholic in 2008. As a high school head coach, Boland posted a 144-38 dual record with four conference titles, three district titles, and three state championships. A two-time Burlington County Coach of the Year, Boland produced 23 state qualifiers, 12 placewinners, and three state champs.
“Millersville is a prestigious university in a beautiful area with a rich tradition of wrestling,” said Boland. “Originally being from the Philadelphia/South Jersey area, it is a region that I am familiar with, and it allows me to be closer to my family and continue to enhance my career as a college wrestling coach.”
The Millersville wrestling program began in 1946-47 under the direction of Dr. Ted Rupp. Boland is the 12th coach in the program’s 75-year history.
Fans can watch Jerry Boland’s live introduction on Thursday at 2 p.m., by clicking the video link below or at millersvilleathletics.com/watch.
WHAT THEY ARE SAYING ABOUT JERRY BOLAND…
Jack Spates, former University of Oklahoma head coach: “First, I’m excited for Jerry and the Millersville student-athletes and program. He’s about the kids and excellence. He will pursue excellence in wrestling but always in the best interest of the young men. He works hard and works smart, and good things are going to happen.”
Mike Moyer, NWCA Executive Director: “Coach Boland is the ultimate transformational coach. The best way to predict the future is to look at someone’s past. His past success is extraordinary, and it speaks for itself. Congratulations to the Millersville University administration for making a terrific hire.”
Gary Papa, hall of fame wrestling coach: “Millersville is lucky to be getting Jerry. I can’t say enough about how dedicated he is as a coach. I’ve known him since he was a high school student. I was his coach, and he was one of the most dedicated guys I had. He is a born leader, a born coach and a gifted coach. Some coaches just get it. Motivation and teaching comes naturally to him. He will be a great recruiter for Millersville’s location and tradition. Millersville is right in his wheelhouse.”
Noah Tarr, All-America wrestler/Davis & Elkins alum: “During my time at Davis & Elkins, Coach Boland helped me reach my goal of becoming an All-American. He’s a great coach with a lot of wrestling and life knowledge. Millersville wrestling is in good hands.”