Hofstra head wrestling coach Tom Shifflet, who led the Pride to four Colonial Athletic Association Championships during his five years at the University, has resigned his position, effective at the conclusion of the 2011 NCAA Championships.
Hofstra athletic director Jack Hayes said associate head coach Rob Anspach will become the 11th head coach in program history effective March 28. Anspach, a 2001 Hofstra alumnus with a degree in American studies, is in his ninth season on the Pride wrestling staff and his third as associate head coach.
“I am truly grateful to Hofstra President Stuart Rabinowitz and Director of Athletics Jack Hayes for this opportunity and the confidence they have expressed in me to lead the Pride Wrestling program,” Anspach said in a statement. “I am excited about the challenges that lie ahead and I feel I have the ability to continue leading Hofstra in the right direction. I would also like to thank both Tom Shifflet and Tom Ryan, both mentors and friends, for helping me get to this day.”
As a student-athlete, Anspach compiled a 69-51 record and made two trips to the NCAA Championships during his five-year career at Hofstra. As a freshman in 1996-97 he recorded a 20-13 record, placed third in the ECWA Championships, and was named to the ECWA All-Freshman Team at 158 pounds. A year later, he posted an 18-12 mark, placed third again in the ECWA Championships and captured the New York State Championships title at 167 pounds.
Shifflet became the 10th coach in Hofstra wrestling history on May 17, 2006. Since his arrival in Hempstead, the Pride reached a NCAA Championship finish benchmark as well as continued the tradition of excellence in the CAA. During his tenure with the Pride, Shifflet’s teams posted a 61-34-5 (.635) dual match record, captured four CAA championships, produced 17 conference champions, sent 31 wrestlers to the NCAA Championships with six earning All-America honors and placing in the NCAA Championships top 20 twice including a school-best seventh place in 2007.
According to the university, Shifflet, who has two young children, will be leaving coaching to enter private business.