Audio Interview: Billy Ashnault
PISCATAWAY, N.J. - Three-time NCAA qualifier and former Rutgers wrestling team captain Billy Ashnault has been named Director of Wrestling Operations, it was announced Wednesday by sixth-year head coach Scott Goodale. Ashnault wrestled to an 86-61 record in his collegiate career, including two seasons of 25-plus wins as a Scarlet Knight.
"We're excited to have Billy Ashnault continue to be a part of Rutgers wrestling," Goodale said. "The work ethic and pride he brings to this program is something that did not go unnoticed. He believes in this program, what we are doing here and isn't afraid of the challenges we face to be a top program in this country. I want to continue to surround myself and our team with those types of people."
Ashnault will work in coordinating the day-to-day operations of the wrestling program along with Goodale and assistant coaches John Leonardis and Frank Molinaro. His duties will include organization of team travel, orientation of incoming classes, coordination of practice and lifting plans and helping in alumni and supporter outreach. Ashnault will additionally act as RU's summer camp director.
"This allows me to stay committed to my goals and continue to do what has been a major part of my life since I was four years old," Ashnault said. "I am excited to use my Rutgers University education, combined with my years of competitive experience, to work with the wrestling team to help them reach their goals. I am thankful Coach Goodale and his coaching staff gave me this opportunity."
Ashnault saved his best for last as a senior at the 2012 NCAA Championships in St. Louis, Mo., from March 15-17. The 141-pounder upset two seeded wrestlers and compiled a 3-2 record in his final national meet as a Rutgers wrestler, finishing one victory shy of securing All-America honors. Ashnault was dangerous in the consolation bracket, first edging No. 10 Jake Sueflohn of Nebraska by a score of 5-4 and then topping No. 12 Tyler Small of Kent State, 1-0.
Ashnault earned a degree in Exercise Science and Sport Studies in his time "On the Banks".