Virginia head wrestling coach Steve Garland has announced the addition of Jim Stanec as the team’s volunteer assistant coach. Stanec is a familiar face to Garland and the Virginia program after serving as UVa’s assistant coach from 2002-04 and wrestling under Garland at Cornell University.
“Jim embodies everything we want our student athletes to be,” Garland said. “His work ethic, attitude and character changed the face of the Cornell program and his accomplishments haven't slowed since that time. He is one of the most intelligent and passionate people I have ever met and just having him around our guys will help them in a plethora of ways.
“As an All-America wrestler, Jim brings a wide array of techniques to our wrestling room while his academic accomplishments also set a very high standard for our wrestlers. We want all of our student-athletes to succeed both on and off the mat. What better way to illustrate this than to have a guy like Jim around the program. He's living proof that you can achieve very high goals as a competitor without sacrificing your academic and personal goals.”
Stanec has a wealth of college wrestling experience. From 2002-04 he served as UVa’s head assistant wrestling coach under former head coach Lenny Bernstein. Under his watch, Stanec had two Cavaliers earn All-America honors Tim Foley and current UVa assistant coach Scott Moore in 2004 and four wrestlers win ACC titles.
Stanec wrestled at Cornell from 1997-2002 and is 12th in all-time wins (94). He gathered All-America honors at 174 pounds in 2001 and finished the season with an overall record of 34-12. As a senior co-captain, Stanec was an NCAA qualifier at the 2002 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships in Albany, N.Y.
Stanec received the Peter J. Floros Award as the team’s most valuable wrestler in 2001. He also earned the team’s Outstanding Freshman Award in 1999.
Stanec currently is a Ph.D. candidate in Virginia's School of Engineering and Applied Science and holds a master’s degree in electrical engineering from UVa and a bachelor’s in mechanical engineering from Cornell.