Audio Interview: Jay Borschel
EVANSTON, Ill. - Northwestern head coach Drew Pariano announced the addition of 2010 NCAA Champion Jay Borschel to the Wildcats coaching staff as a volunteer assistant coach. A collegiate standout at Iowa, Borschel racked up an overall record of 98-10 at 174 lbs, was a two-time All-American and Iowa's Male Athlete of the Year in 2010.
"As a former national champion and key member of three NCAA championship teams, Jay knows what it takes to be successful as a wrestler and I have no doubt that will translate into his coaching career," Pariano said. "We had a notable 2011-12 season but know that Jay can help us reach the next level. He provides our program with the perfect compliment of intelligence and competitiveness, which shows with his numerous wrestling and academic achievements. His ability to teach our sport will greatly impact our program moving forward."
Borschel replaces NU three-time All-American Brandon Precin, who served as the team's volunteer assistant coach during the 2011-12 season. Precin will be focusing on his role with the Wildcat Wrestling Club as he continues to train with the USA Wrestling Program. In his expansive role, Precin will be utilizing his freestyle skills to enhance the WWC and represent Northwestern and the NYAC at various international events throughout the year, beginning with the Hari Ram Grand Prix Tournament in India from May 25-27.
Borschel had a highly successful career at Iowa, which culminated with a national title during his senior year at the 2010 NCAA Championships. En route to his championship, he compiled a perfect 37-0 record and his first Big Ten title as the Hawkeyes won both the conference and national tournaments. Borschel was selected as Iowa's Male Athlete of the Year and the Jesse Owens Award nominee for the 2009-10 academic year.
The Marion, Iowa, native also reached All-America status his first year on the mat with the Hawkeyes, placing third at the 2008 NCAA Championships as a sophomore. He competed three years for the Hawkeyes after transferring from Virginia Tech, but was part of Iowa's three NCAA and Big Ten championship teams during his tenure.
Borschel and Iowa also were nearly unbeatable in dual matches during his time at the school. He went 62-3 in duals, including a 21-1 mark in Big Ten action at 174 lbs. As a team, Iowa was 68-1-0 and a perfect 24-0 in Big Ten duals from 2007-10.
Academics also were a priority for Borschel during his time at Iowa as he was a three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree and two-time NWCA All-Academic award winner. He graduated from Iowa in 2010 with a degree in biology.
Borschel is joined by his wife Jillian Perry.
Northwestern had a memorable 2011-12 season, including an 11-4 dual record, second place showing at Midlands, the best in school history, and ninth-place finish at NCAA's, the team's first top-10 placement since 2007. The 'Cats are looking to improve upon that success in 2012-13 as nine starters, two All-Americans and all six NCAA qualifiers return from the 2011-12 squad.