Rob Anspach, who became the 11th Head Wrestling Coach in Hofstra history on March 25, 2011, is in his third season as head wrestling coach of the Pride in 2013-14 and his 12th year on the Hofstra staff.
He replaced Tom Shifflet as head coach after serving as an assistant under Shifflet for five seasons including three as associate head coach.
His tenure on the Pride coaching staff, which began in 2001-02, has resulted in a 130-76-6 dual meet record, 10 conference championships and 39 league champions. A total of 72 wrestlers have reached the NCAA Championships during his 11 years on staff including 15 that earned All-America honors.
In his first season as head wrestling coach in 2011-12, Anspach became the first Hofstra wrestling coach in school history to win his first 10 dual matches. The Pride’s 12-3 mark and .800 winning percentage is the best winning average for a first-year coach in program history. Hofstra also captured the Colonial Athletic Association team championship, sent six wrestlers to the NCAA Championships and had two, Justin Accordino (6th) and Steve Bonanno (8th) earn All-America honors.
Last season, against a schedule that featured 11 top 25 teams, the Pride struggled early in the season before rallying to win the final CAA team title and sending three wrestlers to the NCAA Championships in Des Moines. For his efforts, Anspach was named the CAA Coach of the Year.
"I am truly grateful to Hofstra President Stuart Rabinowitz for this opportunity and the confidence they have expressed in me to lead the Pride Wrestling program," Anspach said at the time of his hiring. "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.
After red-shirting in 1998-99, Anspach recorded his best collegiate season with a 20-15 mark and captured the ECWA title at 174 pounds to earn his first NCAA Championship bid. He also captured the title at the Congressional Cup in Washington, D.C., and placed second at the New York State Championships. As a senior in 2000-01 Anspach posted an 11-11 record, finished second at the ECWA Championships and earned a wild-card selection to the NCAA Championships. That season he also won his weight class at the Bearcat Open, compiling a perfect 4-0 record.
Anspach is a 2001 Hofstra alumnus with a degree in American studies, The Pine Grove, Pennsylvania, native and his wife Alexandra are the proud parents of a son, Griffin (1) and a daughter, Georgia Kate, who was born in December of 2013. The Anspach family lives on Long Island.