2011-12 Coaching Staff
 
 

photoHead Coach
Pat Popolizio
Oklahoma State '01
Fifth Season


The reigning CAA Coach of the Year and one of the most notable up-and-coming young coaches in the country, Pat Popolizio has the Bearcats on a meteoric rise among the nation's top wrestling programs as he enters his fifth year at the helm in 2010-11.

Fresh off a record-breaking season that resulted in consideration for national coach of the year honors, Popolizio has orchestrated BU's rapid rise with notable achievements on the mat, eye-opening recruiting success and unwavering dedication to academic achievement. A product of a storied program at Oklahoma State, he has quickly sparked a revival of Binghamton's tradition-rich wrestling program. Popolizio's wrestlers embody the elite qualities of disciplined student-athletes and engaging role models.

His 2009-10 team rewrote the record books and turned heads across the country with dozens of notable accomplishments. The Bearcats went 14-7-2 during the regular season - the highest dual meet win percentage (65.2%) in 26 years. Binghamton then produced four CAA champions en route to the first conference title at any level in the program's 40-year history. Six NCAA qualifiers and one shining All-American (Justin Lister) then produced BU's best national finish (Division I) with a 21st-place showing. The team's emergence at the national level just five years after the program was reinstated drew praise throughout the Qwest Center and from the announcers on the ESPN networks that broadcast most of the three-day event. Popolizio had support and votes for national coach of the year and wound up ninth in the voting by Intermat. Binghamton had the second-highest number of underclassmen NCAA qualifiers in the nation (4) and Lister's semifinal run was the best NCAA finish of any unseeded wrestler in seven years.

Popolizio was voted Coach of the Year by his colleagues and his Bearcats swept the conference awards with the Wrestler of the Year (Lister) and co-Rookie of the Year (Donnie Vinson).

His 2008-09 team reached another milestone by crowning the program's first All-American when 184-pound Josh Patterson won five NCAA matches to place seventh. The Bearcats won 13 dual matches - equaling the most in the last 35 years. Binghamton then placed fourth at the CAA Championship and 40th at the NCAA Championship - their highest placement at each event.

The 2007-08 team showcased the drive and determination that has come to define Popolizio, who was a three-time NCAA qualifier and scholar-athlete at Oklahoma State. The Bearcats sent two wrestlers to the NCAA Championship and challenged themselves with a daunting schedule. Binghamton took on four nationally-ranked programs, including No. 2 Iowa State and No. 3 Oklahoma State, and finished the season strong with six wins in its last eight matches. The team landed four placewinners at the CAA Championship, and continued its improvement at that meet.

Popolizio's 2006-07 squad won 10 matches - including five in a row, secured two conference placewinners and sent one wrestler to the NCAA Championship. The team closed the gap against its conference and regional rivals and was equally notable in its academic and community work.

Popolizio came to Binghamton from American University, where he was the lead assistant for two seasons, helping that program finish 17th in the country last winter.

At American, Popolizio coached seven NCAA qualifiers and the school's first All-American alongside head coach and Binghamton native Mark Cody. This past season, the Eagles went 13-6, had three wrestlers ranked in the nation's top-10 and crowned two more All-Americans. Cody and Popolizio transformed a once-stagnant American program into a successful one in a short time span.

Prior to that, he served as an assistant coach at Army (2003-04) and Sacred Heart (2002-03). His team at Sacred Heart achieved the highest grade-point average of any wrestling program in the country.

"I am very excited to come back to New York and take over the program at Binghamton," Popolizio said at the time. "On my campus visit I was impressed with the facilities and the support from the whole department. The entire atmosphere is very positive."

As a collegiate wrestler, Popolizio won more than 90 matches and was a three-time NCAA qualifier at Oklahoma State under six-time world champion John Smith. While in Stillwater, Popolizio's teams finished as national runnerup, took third place twice and fifth place the other year at the NCAA Championship. He was a Big 12 runnerup in 1998 and 2002 and went on to place fifth at the World Team Trials in 2003. As a senior Popolizio was given the 2002 Oklahoma State Hustle Award, after being ranked as high as No. 1 in the country at 184 pounds. Also on his competitive resume is a Northeast Regional Open title, two University Freestyle All-America honors and FILA Junior All-American distinction in 1997.

His academic accomplishments include being named Academic All Big 12 twice and earning the Oklahoma State Student-Athlete Award five semesters. He graduated in 2001 with a bachelor's degree in health and physical education.

A former New York state scholastic champion for Niskayuna High, Popolizio is eager to put his New York roots to good use with an in-state recruiting emphasis.

"One of my main focuses is to recruit the top talent out of New York - to keep them at home," he said. "The state is a hotbed for wrestling, especially in the Binghamton area. It's a great opportunity to suceed and I'm looking to take the program to a top 25 level in the next few years."

He was the Most Outstanding Wrestler at the 1996 state meet, where as a senior at Niskayuna, Popolizio captured the 177-pound title. He went on to become the national high school runnerup.

Popolizio resides in Binghamton.

 

photoHead Assistant Coach
Frank Beasley
Bloomsburg '06
First Season

Former Buffalo associate coach Frank Beasley joined the staff in August 2011 with a hefty resume of experience and achievement.

Beasley was the head assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for the University at Buffalo, helping steer that program to its finest three-year span in team history. The Bulls have sent 14 wrestlers to the NCAA Championship since 2008 and have crowned five individual conference champions.

Last season, Beasley spearheaded a squad that produced six NCAA qualifiers, eight nationally-ranked wrestlers, four Mid-American Conference (MAC) champions including the Most Outstanding Wrestler and multiple team wins over top-25 programs. Simultaneously, his academic commitment has resulted in five individuals earning NWCA All-Academic honors.

"We are very excited to have Frank as our newest addition to the Binghamton wrestling coaching staff," Popolizio said. "He has proven to be one of the best recruiters in the country and brings professional experience and a strong work ethic, which will help elevate our program. Frank will be a great role model for our current and future student-athletes."

Beasley's recruiting efforts have resulted in four classes that have been among the finest in the country and his current incoming class was ranked as high as No. 11 in the nation.

Before Buffalo, Beasley was an assistant coach at Bloomsburg for two seasons, helping that program produce its first All-American in more than a decade and add another All-American and nine national qualifiers in all. In addition, the Huskies won 12 duals in 2006-07 - the most most wins in 16 seasons.

He enjoyed an elite wrestling career at Lincoln College and Bloomsburg, earning NJCAA All-America honors at Lincoln in 2004 (165 lbs.) and was a starter and team captain at Bloomsburg, finishing fourth at the 2006 Eastern Wrestling League Championship. Beasley accumulated more than 80 collegiate wins at 157, 165 and 174 pounds with nearly half coming by pin.

His multitude of academic achievements included becoming a two-time Academic All-American, four-year National Dean's List honoree and recipient of education and English department honors at Bloomsburg. Beasley earned a dual degree in English and education from Bloomsburg in 2006, graduating Cum Laude. He then received his master's degree in curriculum and instruction from Bloomsburg with a perfect 4.0 GPA.

Beasley has worked numerous camps and clinics, most notably serving as head wrestling coach for the NWCA/USA Wrestling All-American Tour to Russia in June 2010.

He is a native of Odin, Illinois.

 

photoAssistant Coach
Jasen Borshoff
American University ''08
First Season

Jasen Borshoff, a former NCAA qualifier and Academic All-American from American University, joins the staff for his first season in 2010-11.

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.

"Jasen will have an immediate impact on our wrestling program," head coach Pat Popolizio said. "He is an accomplished wrestler and will bring discipline, character and a strong work ethic to Binghamton University. He will work predominantly with the light weights. I am looking forward to having him this year and the strides our program will make by adding such a creditable person to our staff."

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.

 

photoVolunteer Assistant Coach
Andy Seras
Albany '86
Fourth Season

A former undefeated NCAA champion and five-year Division I head coach, Seras begins his fourth season at Binghamton in 2010-11.

Seras came directly from Sacred Heart University, where he served as head coach of the Pioneers for the past five seasons. His 2006-07 squad placed fifth in the Colonial Athletic Association, crowned on All-American and placed 40th in the nation. Under his leadership, Sacred Heart finished among the top half of the CAA all five years and was completing a steady climb toward the top 25 teams in the nation.

"Andy is a world class athlete and coach who will help our program get to the next level," head coach Pat Popolizio said. "His experiences of wrestling in the Olympics, coaching in the Olympics, as well as leading Sacred Heart to their first NCAA Division I All-American last year will be a valuable asset in our wrestling room."

In college, Seras compiled an undefeated dual meet career (64-0-2) at University at Albany. He was a four-time conference champion, four-time All-American and won the 1985 NCAA Division III National Championship. He is a distinguished member of both the NWCA Division III and Albany Halls of Fame.

In 2006, Seras coached the US Greco-Roman Team at the FILA World Championship in Guangzhou, China. The team equaled its best ever performance, finishing third out of seventy countries. Team USA secured three medals, including a Gold Medal from Joe Warren at 60 KGS and Bronze Medals from Lindsey Durlacher (55 KG) and Harry Lester (66 KG). In 2004, he coached the US Olympic Greco Roman Wrestling Team and in 2005 US Junior World Team (19-20 years). He previously served as the US World Team Head Coach at the World Championship in 2001 and 2002, as well as leading the 2001 and 2003 World Cup Teams for Team USA.

Seras has received many National awards in his coaching career. In 2004, he was given the "Bob Bubb Coaching Excellence Award" presented "in recognition of outstanding accomplishments as a college coach who epitomizes the qualities and characteristics of a role model and mentor for developing young student athletes." He was awarded USA Wrestling's "Greco Roman Coach of the Year" in 2001 and 2004, as well as, the US Olympic Committee's "National Wrestling Coach of the Year" in 2002.

During his tenure at Sacred Heart, the Pioneers made significant strides within the conference and region. In 2002-03, Seras' first year, Sacred Heart was runnerup at the Colonial Athletic Association Championship. That year he coached one CAA champion and four NCAA qualifiers, each of whom won at least one match at the NCAA Championship. In 2003-04, Sacred Heart crowned two CAA champions and brought two athletes to St. Louis for the NCAA Championship. The Pioneers sent three athletes to NCAAs in 2004-05 and two more the following year. In dual meet action, Sacred Heart defeated several highly regarded and established programs for the first time during Seras' tenure including Drexel, Harvard, Brown, Rutgers, East Stroudsburg and George Mason.

In the classroom, Sacred Heart was the NWCA Academic National Champions in 2001-02, 2002-03, and 2003-04 and was ranked seventh in 2004-05. Sacred Heart placed 11 wrestlers on the Academic All-American team during Seras' tenure.

The 45-year-old Seras has been involved in the sport for 36 years as an athlete and coach. He worked as an assistant coach at Albany from 1985-96 and at Sacred Heart from 1999-2002 before taking over as head coach. As an athlete Seras compiled an impressive resume, earning a spot on the 1988 US Olympic Team which competed in Seoul, Korea, placing ninth. Seras earned the No. 1 ranking in the country for six of seven years from 1988 through 1994. He competed in the World Championships five times, placing sixth in 1991, ninth in 1989 and 10th in 1994. He also won Gold Medals at the 1994 World Cup, 1990 Pan American Championships and 1991 Pan American Games. A five-time National Open Champion, Seras reached the finals of the nationals for 12 consecutive years.

A native of Niskayuna, N.Y., Seras is married to Karen and has two daughters Jackie and Morgan.