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Sean Gray, the former associate head coach at Boston University and a member of the Virginia Tech Athletic Hall of Fame, enters his sixth season at Princeton with the program looking to continue moving towards the upper echelon of the sport. What the Tigers have done over the last three seasons has been nothing short of remarkable, and the program doesn't look ready to stop that progress anytime soon.
Prior to the 2013-14 season, Princeton had won a total of 24 D-I dual matches over eight seasons, and it had sent an average of fewer than one wrestler to the NCAA Championships per season. Over the last three, the Tigers won 28 D-I matches, sent 10 wrestlers to NCAAs, placed 17 at the EIWA Championships — and did so while bringing in back-to-back Top-20 recruiting classes.
Princeton punctuated an incredible 2015-16 season with an All-American, as Brett Harner followed his 197-pound EIWA championship by reaching the medal podium at the NCAA Championships. As a team, Princeton placed fifth at the EIWAs, and it reached an Ivy League championship dual match for the first time since 1986.
And the future only looks brighter.
Gray, a two-time All-America wrestler at Virginia Tech, spent seven seasons with the Terriers and helped the program qualify six wrestlers to the NCAA Championships over the last two seasons. Last season, Boston University won five matches at nationals, including one upset over a Top-10 opponent, and earned its best NCAA finish since 1997. One year earlier, Gray helped Freddy Santaite reach the NCAA quarterfinal; the journey included an upset victory over defending national champion Troy Nickerson of Cornell.
Gray was more than just a mat coach at Boston University. He worked with all phases of the program, including recruiting, scheduling, fund-raising, travel planning and several other aspects that make up a successful program. After six years as the assistant coach, he was promoted to associate head coach during the 2010-11 season.
Gray also had a standout undergraduate career, and he graduated as the all-time Virginia Tech leader in wins (133), winning percentage (.850), pins (45), and pins in a single season (15). The 1998 CAA Rookie of the Year, Gray placed sixth at NCAAs as a junior and seventh as a sophomore.
He was also a three-time Eastern Wrestling League champion, and finished his collegiate career undefeated in conference dual-meet competition. Gray was inducted into the EWL Hall of Fame on March 4, 2007, and he was inducted into the Virginia Tech Hall of Fame during the fall of 2015.
In 1999, Gray won the FILA Junior National Freestyle Championship and wrestled to a sixth-place finish at 138 pounds at the Junior World Championship in Sydney, Australia.
Gray was also recognized for his work in the classroom, as he earned the Virginia Tech Wrestling Academic Achievement Award after posting a 4.0 grade point average as a senior. The Blacksburg (Va.) Sports Club named Gray the Outstanding Male Athlete at Virginia Tech for 2001.
Gray's wrestling accolades started in high school, where he was a three-time Prep National Champion for Blair Academy of New Jersey. He was also the first person in New Jersey history to win a Cadet Freestyle National Championship. Gray earned a Master's of Education degree with a specialization in physical education and coaching from BU in 2010. He graduated with an impressive 3.83 grade-point average.
Beyond his work in collegiate wrestling, Gray has also gotten involved in MMA/UFC. He was a wrestling coach/corner coach for the recently retired Kenny Florian.Gray and his wife Jessica have a daughter Makayla and a son Eddie.