Mike Pucillo will now begin the next chapter of his wrestling career as the volunteer assistant coach for the Buckeyes.
"We are proud to add one of the great wrestling Buckeyes to the Ohio state coaching staff," Tom Ryan, who is entering his fifth season leading the Scarlet and Gray, said. "Mike has been a standout in every aspect of his life for many years. We are all anxious to see Mike pass his knowledge on to the next generation."
In his coaching capacity, Pucillo, the 2008 Big Ten and NCAA Champion at 184 pounds, will create the team's community service plan. In the past, the Buckeyes have worked closely with the 2nd and 7 Foundation, which is a program that strives to eliminate illiteracy, as well as volunteered at Nationwide Children's Hospital. Last season, the wrestling program generated 244 hours of community service under former assistant Joe Heskett. Pucillo will oversee the team managers, while also working on postseason travel. Additionally, he will work closely with Jaggers in the fundraising department.
Pucillo finished his Buckeye career as a three-time All-American. Also the 2009 NCAA runner-up at 184 pounds, Pucillo amassed several impressive streaks during his collegiate career, including winning 43-consecutive matches entering the 2009 Big Ten Championships. He also finished the 2008 and 2009 Big Ten seasons undefeated and was the 2006 Cliff Keen Las Vegas Collegiate Wrestling Invitational champion. Of note too, is his 5-0 record at the 2009 NWCA/Cliff Keen National Duals in Cedar Falls, Iowa. En route to that perfect ledger, Pucillo defeated three Top 20 opponents.
In the classroom, Pucillo, who earned a bachelor's degree in communication in March 2010, was a two-time NWCA All-Academic selection, Academic All-Big Ten and Ohio State Scholar-Athlete.