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Matt Dernlan, an 11-year coaching veteran with a strong pedigree and recruiting ties, begins his second season at the helm of the Binghamton wrestling program in 2013-14. With the nation’s 14th-ranked recruiting class, a strong conference affiliation with the EIWA and outstanding facilities, Dernlan has the Bearcats poised for success.
Dernlan, who has strong ties with Penn State and Olympic wrestling, came to Binghamton from Clarion University.
In his first season in 2012-13, Dernlan produced four NCAA qualifiers and a runnerup finish at the CAA Championship. Under his tutelage, BU had two wrestlers ranked in the nation’s top-10 throughout the season. During the year, Dernlan orchestrated two key victories off the mat - first with an elite recruiting class that was tabbed 14th-best in the nation by Amateur Wrestling News. Then in April, Binghamton earned membership into the prestigious EIWA, positioning itself for the future.
“This is monumental on a number of levels,” Dernlan said of the affiliation. “Academically, it speaks volumes about Binghamton as an institution and President Stenger’s vision moving forward that we are seen as ‘in line’ with some of the most elite private schools in the country. From a wrestling standpoint, to be viewed as adding value to one of the most powerful wrestling conferences in the country speaks to what the future holds as we progress as an emerging national power.”
Dernlan led the 2012 Clarion team to an 18th place finish at the NCAA Championship – that school’s highest national finish in 15 years. The Golden Eagles had four NCAA qualifiers and crowned two All-Americans – same as Binghamton – at the championship in St. Louis. In his first season at the helm, Dernlan’s squad finished the regular season with a 6-7 dual meet record against some of the top wrestling teams in the nation, placed third at the PSAC Championships, fourth at EWL’s and 11th at the prestigious Midlands Tournament. He was chosen as the Amateur Wrestling News national “Rookie Coach of the Year” for 2011-12.
“We are pleased and fortunate to hire someone with Matt’s integrity and experience,” Elliott said at the time. “He has a noteworthy pedigree of being part of a championship program at the highest level and has shown rapid success as a Division I head coach. Matt is committed to the academic achievement and citizenship of his student-athletes and I believe he is a perfect fit at Binghamton.”
Prior to taking the head coaching reigns at Clarion, Dernlan served seven years at Penn State, helping orchestrate the rise of the Nittany Lions to back-to-back NCAA championships in 2011 and 2012. As head assistant and director of recruiting from 2005-09, he produced three consecutive top-4 nationally-ranked recruiting classes (2005, 2006, 2007) and helped lead PSU to a third-place NCAA finish in 2008. Dernlan served as director of operations from 2009-11 under head coach Cael Sanderson and was part of the Nittany Lions’ staff that captured a 2011 Big Ten crown and then brought home the school’s first NCAA wrestling title since 1953.
At Penn State, Dernlan also was responsible for the academic success of the wrestling team and served as the team’s liaison with admissions, compliance and student-athlete services. Additionally, he was head coach of the Nittany Lion Wrestling Club, where he coached 10 full-time resident athletes in preparation for the 2012 Olympic Games.
A native of West Liberty, Ohio, Dernlan enjoyed an outstanding competitive career and was inducted into the Ohio High School Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2002. At West Liberty-Salem High, he went 154-4 overall and was a three-time, undefeated Ohio state champion (1989-91) and a three-time USA Wrestling High School All-American (1989-91).
Dernlan become an NCAA qualifier at Liberty University as a sophomore 126-pounder in 1993. After he red-shirted in 1994, Liberty dropped its wrestling program but Dernlan stayed at the school and earned his bachelor’s degree in sports management in 1996. He then received a master’s degree in sport administration from Bowling Green in 2002 and has been working toward a Ph.D. in higher education administration from University of Toledo.
He began his coaching career as an assistant at St. Paris Graham High School (Ohio) from 1997-99 and then was an assistant coach at Ohio Northern from 2001-04, where he also served as assistant director in the school’s host role for the 2003 NCAA Division III Championship.
Matt and his wife, Carie, have two daughters, Ava and Aubrey.
Jasen Borshoff, a former NCAA qualifier and Academic All-American from American University, begins his fourth season in 2013-14.
Borshoff played a key role in churning out 15 NCAA qualifiers and two All-Americans over the past three years. Furthermore, his leadership and loyalty were crucial in the program’s head coaching transition in 2012.
He enjoyed a stellar collegiate career at American, becoming a four-time EIWA placewinner and 2008 NCAA qualifier before graduating cum laude in 2008. Borshoff was a two-time Academic All-American and received his bachelor’s degree in health promotion with a 3.6 grade-point average. He was a six-time Dean’s List honoree and helped the Eagles produce the highest wrestling GPA in the nation two times and second-highest another year.
After graduation, Borshoff worked as a sales associate with Biometrics, a nutrition and fitness company in Maryland, and also was a health coodinator at Virginia Hospital Center.
A Rochester native, Borshoff won 180 scholastic matches and went unbeaten in four years of dual matches. He was a four-time county finalist and sectional champion for Pittsford Sutherland. His father, Tim, was a standout wrestler at Binghamton in the 1970s and was inducted into the University’s Hall of Fame in 2001.
In 2011, Borshoff participated in the National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) College Coaches Leadership Academy. The two-day program helps coaches strengthen their skills in all aspects of coaching. Borshoff attended the workshop after completing eight online educational modules, a program assessment survey and evaluation. He received a full scholarship to attend the Academy.
Teyon Ware, a former four-time All-American at Oklahoma with a wealth of NCAA and international wrestling experience, begins his second season on the staff in 2013-14.
“Teyon is a perfect fit for what we want to build here at Binghamton … and that’s a national powerhouse,” head coach Matt Dernlan said at the time. “His character and integrity are second to none and his wrestling ability and accomplishments obviously speak for themselves. He and I have built a personal relationship over the last three years and we share the same vision and goal – and that’s to bring a national title to this campus.”
Ware was a three-time NCAA finalist and national champion in 2003 and 2005 for the Sooners. After concluding his collegiate career, he trained with the Nittany Lion Wrestling Club, where he developed a strong relationship with Dernlan and current Penn State head coach Cael Sanderson.
“Teyon is one of the most accomplished NCAA wrestlers in the past decade,” Dernlan said. “All of his experience will really help our guys grow. It will be great to have someone in the room who has accomplished the same things our guys aspire to.”
Ware, who wrestled at 141 pounds at Oklahoma, captured the 66 kg title at the 2011 US World Freestyle Team Trials and advanced to the World Championships in Turkey last September. He came up just short in his bid to qualify for the 2012 Olympics.
He coached with the Nittany Lion Wrestling Club and also served as a volunteer assistant at Lock Haven University for two years (2009-11).
At Oklahoma, Ware compiled a 107-13 record in four years, adding a Big XII conference title to his NCAA crowns. As a freshman, he was named the Big XII Outstanding Wrestler after winning a title and then captured his first national championship with a dramatic 6-4 sudden victory decision at 141. He finished his freshman season on a 20-match win streak and went 32-4 overall.
As a sophomore, he competed in the NWCA All-Star Classic, stretched his win streak to 35 and ultimately finished third at the Big XII meet and sixth at NCAAs.
As a junior Ware went 33-3 and was conference runnerup before posting a 3-2 decision over No. 1 Nate Galick of Iowa State to capture his second NCAA championship.
As a senior he was Big XII and NCAA runnerup, was selected as a member of the Big XII 10th Anniversary Team and capped his career as a three-time NCAA finalist and four-time All-American.
He graduated with a degree in mass communications in 2007.
Ware was also an elite scholastic athlete, racking up a perfect 132-0 record with four Oklahoma state titles on the wrestling mat and also earning second team all-state accolades in football for Edmond North High.