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Tom Shifflet, a four-time NCAA Championships qualifier and a three-time All-American as a student-athlete at Edinboro University, became the 10th head wrestling coach in Hofstra University's storied wrestling history on May 17, 2006.

His first season as the Hofstra head wrestling coach in 2006-07 was one for the record books. Shifflet directed the Pride to an 18-4-2 dual record, a record final season ranking of ninth, the program's sixth straight Colonial Athletic Association championship and the school's seventh consecutive conference title, an upset victory of top-ranked Minnesota in November, a sixth-place finish at the NWCA National Duals and, most importantly, a seventh-place finish at the 2007 NCAA Championships in Auburn Hills, Michigan. Along the way, the Pride developed four All-Americans and seven conference champions, including the CAA Wrestler of the Year and the Rookie of the Year. For Shifflet's efforts, he was named the Colonial Athletic Association Coach of the Year.

Last season Shifflet directed the program to its 11th consecutive winning season with a 13-8 overall record and a 6-0 conference mark while leading Hofstra to its seventh straight CAA Wrestling championship and eighth consecutive conference title. Along the way the Pride faced 13 Top 25 opponents and posted victories over #4 Iowa State, #13 Edinboro and #22 Old Dominion. Hofstra placed third at the Southern Scuffle, 10th at the Cliff Keen-Las Vegas Invitational, first at the CAA Championships with three conference champions and seven national qualifiers, and 15th in the NCAA Championships with two All-Americans (Alton Lucas and Charles Griffin) and the Gorrarian Award winner (Lou Ruggirello).

Shifflet came to Hofstra after four seasons as head wrestling coach at UNC Greensboro, where he was directly responsible for all aspects of the Spartans' programs including instruction, recruiting, scheduling, academic counseling and community relations. His tenure at UNCG was marked by annual improvements in recruiting, recognition and success. He also created and organized the annual 35-team Southern Scuffle wrestling tournament, which is one of the largest and more competitive Division I regular season tournaments in the country. During his tenure at UNC Greensboro Shifflet recorded a 32-32 dual meet record and had nine wrestlers qualify for the NCAA Championships.

A three-time All-American and a four-time national qualifier as a student-athlete at national powerhouse Edinboro University from 1992 through 1995, Shifflet began his coaching career as an assistant at Georgia State University in1995, helping the Panthers post back-to-back winning seasons, and develop three conference champions and four NCAA qualifiers.

In 1997 Shifflet left
Georgia State to begin a five-year tenure as an assistant coach at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. During his time with the Big Red, Shifflet coached 24 NCAA qualifiers, three NCAA All-Americans and helped Head Coach Rob Koll to a pair of Ivy League championships in 1999 and 2001. More importantly, Cornell was also consistently ranked among the nation's top-15 programs. The final Big Red recruiting class that Shifflet helped bring to Cornell with placed fifth at the 2006 NCAA Championships in Oklahoma City.

After five seasons at Cornell, the
Amherst, New York, native was named the head wrestling coach at UNC Greensboro on May 17, 2002. After a typical transitional season in his first year at UNCG, Shifflet managed to sign one of the top recruiting classes in the nation in 2003. That class, which included one high school All-American, four honorable mention high school All-Americans and seven state champions, received an honorable mention based on InterMat's 2003 final rankings.

In 2003-04 the Spartans claimed their first winning season since 1998-99, posting a 9-6 overall record with the nine victories ranking as the third most in the program's 12-year history. In addition, two of his recruits, Kevin Artis (141 lbs.) and Daren Burns (197 lbs.), captured conference championships in their respective weight classes with Burns being named the Southern Conference Freshman of the Year.


Shifflet guided UNCG to the most wins in school history during the 2004-05 season as the Spartans recorded a 12-5 overall record and a 4-1 mark in the Southern Conference. He produced the Southern Conference Freshman of the Year for the second consecutive year as Joe Kemmerer earned the award following a 31-7 season. Kemmerer, along with teammates Daren Burns and Joe Lowe, each won their respective weight classes at the Southern Conference Mat Jam and qualified for the NCAA Tournament.

In 2005-06 UNCG tied a school-record by sending four wrestlers to the NCAA Division I Championships in
Oklahoma City and the Spartans finished tied for 31st with Harvard in the final Championship standings. The Spartans finished the season with an 11-6 dual match record and a 4-1 mark in the Southern Conference, and had two wrestlers miss out on all-American honors by one victory.

"I am excited about continuing the tradition that
Hofstra University has in wrestling," Shifflet said. "It is a great opportunity for me to move the program along, like Tom Ryan did, without missing a beat. I look forward to setting lofty goals and working with a great group of student-athletes to achieve them. I want to move the Hofstra Wrestling program into the top 10 and top five in the nation. We certainly have that opportunity at Hofstra, which was big reason why I took this position. I eagerly await the chance to work with the alumni and the friends of Hofstra Wrestling to keep our program moving forward."

Shifflet graduated from
Edinboro University in 1995 with a degree in health and physical education. As a wrestler, he registered 118 wins for the Edinboro Fighting Scots and was coached by the legendary Bruce Baumgartner. Competing at 142 pounds, Shifflet finished seventh at nationals as a freshman, sixth as a sophomore and third as a senior. He is one of four three-time All-Americans in school history. Shifflet also received the Eastern Wrestling League Freshman of the Year Award in 1992 and the EWL Wrestler of the Year Award in 1995. He was inducted into both the Edinboro University and the EWL Halls of Fame in 2006. In 1996 Shifflet placed seventh in the final U.S. Olympic Trials in freestyle wrestling at 149.5 pounds. One year later he placed sixth in both the World Team Freestyle Trials and the U.S. Open.

In July 2008 the third-year Hofstra mentor served as an assistant coach for the New York State Junior National Freestyle Team that competed in
Fargo, North Dakota.

Shifflet and his wife, Alice, reside in East Setauket, New York.
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