July 25, 2013
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Former Virginia All-American Derek Valenti has joined the coaching staff of the UVa wrestling team as the volunteer assistant coach. Virginia head coach Steve Garland made the announcement Thursday (July 25).
"I am excited to be able to spend another year here at Virginia and am thankful that Coach Garland and the other coaches have welcomed me back," Valenti said. "Coach Garland has been a great mentor for me through my five years as a student-athlete and I look forward to learning more from him in the office and as a coach. I am also looking forward to developing our wrestlers into successful athletes as well as students."
"Derek joining our staff is a dream come true for me," Garland said. "Every coach loves the idea of one of his own coming back to further work with the program he helped build. Derek was part of one of our most successful recruiting classes here and went on to have an outstanding career. He not only was an All-American here, but more importantly was a great student and leader in this athletics department. Derek knows our system and is the prototypical guy you want in and around your program."
Valenti wrestled at Virginia from 2008-13 and became the 13th All-American in program history in 2011 when he took eighth place at 149 pounds at the NCAA Championships. Valenti was a three-time NCAA qualifier (141 pounds in 2010, 149 in 2011 and 2013).
He accumulated 95 career wins, which ranks 10th in UVa history. The Newton, N.J., native posted a career record of 95-45 and ranks fifth in the Cavalier career annals with 52 dual-match wins. His 140 career bouts ranks ninth in program history. He finished his career with 16 falls, six technical falls and 12 major decisions.
Valenti was the ACC runner-up at 149 pounds in 2011 and 2013.
Valenti earned a bachelor's degree in environmental science from UVa in 2012 and a master's degree in environmental science this past spring.
Nicholson Shines On and Off Water at UVAWomen's Rowing5/25/17Allie Nicholson, who had never rowed before arriving at UVA in 2013, is now a key member of one of the nation's top programs.'Hoos Eager to Make More HistoryMen's Tennis5/22/17A win over No. 9 seed North Carolina on Tuesday afternoon would give second-seeded Virginia its third straight NCAA men's tennis title.McKee Thriving in New SurroundingsTrack & Field, Cross Country5/22/17A transfer from Kansas, Kelly McKee will compete in the triple jump this week at the NCAA East Regional meet in Lexington, Kentucky.
Director of News Content
A 1985 graduate of UVA, White worked at the Richmond Times-Dispatch until July 2009. He was honored six times as the state's Sportswriter of the Year.
Virginia Wrestling Announces 2017 Recruiting Class
Wrestling | 5/12/2017
Virginia head wrestling coach Steve Garland announced the 2017 recruiting class on Friday, a...
Travis Paulson Joins UVA Wrestling As Assistant Coach
Wrestling | 5/2/2017
Virginia head coach Steve Garland announced the addition of three-time All-American Travis...
Five Wrestlers Named ACC All-Academic Team Selections
Wrestling | 4/17/2017
Five Virginia wrestlers were named to the ACC All-Academic Team on Monday for excellence in the...
DiCamillo, Mueller Take Pair Of ACC Awards
Wrestling | 3/28/2017
George DiCamillo was named ACC Wrestler of the Year and Jack Mueller was named ACC Freshman of...
DiCamillo Finishes Runner-Up At NCAA Championships
Wrestling | 3/18/2017
Virginia senior George DiCamillo matched the best individual finish in program history, finishing...
DiCamillo Advances To Finals Of NCAA Championships
Wrestling | 3/17/2017
Redshirt senior George DiCamillo advanced to the NCAA Championships finals and earned All-America...
DiCamillo, Mueller Advance To NCAA Quarterfinals
Wrestling | 03/16/2017
George DiCamillo and Jack Mueller both advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Championships to...
Virginia Opens NCAA Wrestling Championships Thursday
Wrestling | 03/15/2017
The Virginia wrestling team looks to close out the 2016-17 season with a strong performance as...
- Online Stores