April 18, 2006
Jim Zalesky, who coached
Zalesky compiled a 127-34 dual meet record at the
"I'm tempted to say we hit another home run in hiring a coach," De Carolis said. "In this case, though, it's probably more appropriate to say we just scored a ton of bonus points. In bringing in Jim Zalesky, we're adding a coach to our staff who has won three national championships. He brings a championship work ethic and a championship legacy with him to
Zalesky will formally be introduced as OSU's head coach at a news conference on Tuesday at 12 noon on the
The audio of the press conference will be available live via OregonLive; audio and video will be available later Tuesday afternoon on Beaver Nation Online at www.osubeavers.com. The public is also invited to attend a reception at Hayden's Lakefront Grill in Tualatin from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday.
Zalesky's five-year contract calls for a base salary of $90,000 per year with incentives for the wrestling team's postseason and academic accomplishments.
Zalesky wrestled for
"You've got the backing of the administration, which is key. You've also got good
The Beavers rank third in all-time dual meet victories with an 895-286-26 mark dating back to 1909. OSU has won 44 team conference championships and 200 individual conference titles; the Beavers have placed in the top 10 at the NCAA Championships 18 times; and OSU wrestlers have earned 81 All-America honors, including 12 national titles. In the pre-NCAA Championships era,
"There's a good base, and you've just got to build up on it," Zalesky said. "You have to make sure guys know you have high goals and high expectations."
Zalesky was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2004, the
"I will bring a wealth of experience to the program, both from a coaching and competition standpoint," Zalesky said. "I have high goals for this program. It takes a lot of hard work, but if you are willing to put the work in, a lot of good things can happen.
"I think you have to put a good product on the mat. You have to realize that we our entertainers because people want action. My philosophy is, I want to put a lot of points on the board, I want to pin guys. If we can do that and we are entertaining, you'll get people to come watch you and they will keep coming back ... fans like aggressive wrestling and that's the style I'm going to coach."
Zalesky's coaching career also includes three years as an assistant coach at
Zalesky inherits an
"Joe Wells left a good foundation, and I intend to keep building on it," Zalesky said.
Zalesky is a 1984 graduate of
"My family and I are looking forward to being out there and being part of