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For Immediate Release: August 16, 2006
Contact: Anthony G. Naglieri (sports@binghamton.edu)
Phone: 607-777-6478

Long Island native Dennis Papadatos hired as assistant wrestling coach

VESTAL, N.Y. - Binghamton University has announced the hiring of Dennis Papadatos as its assistant wrestling coach.

A Long Island, New York native, Papadatos comes to Binghamton directly from Northern Illinois University where he spent the last season as an assistant coach for the Huskies.

Prior to his stint at Northern Illinois, Papadatos spent three seasons working as an assistant coach at his alma mater, Hofstra University. There his responsibilities included the strength and conditioning for the wrestling team, in addition to his service improving technique and working on strategy. Additionally, while working with the Pride program, Papadatos spent six years teaching elementary, middle and high school youths how to wrestle and train properly.

As an undergraduate, Papadatos was a four-year starter for the Hofstra wrestling team, one of the east coast's premier programs. During his tenure at HU, Papadatos amassed 97 career victories en route to two appearances in the NCAA Division I wrestling championships at 157 pounds. He was also a three-time member of the Division I Academic All-American wrestling team (1999-2001).

With Papadatos' wealth of experience as a wrestler and coach and his strong ties to the New York wrestling scene, it is no wonder his addition has new head coach Pat Popolizio excited.

"Dennis has a tremendous reputation within the wrestling world," Popolizio said. "His connections run deep across Long Island, an area known as a hotbed for wrestling talent, which will be a key factor in helping us land some of New York State's top recruits."

A certified personal trainer, Papadatos graduated from Hofstra in 2000 with a bachelor of science degree in exercise physiology and completed a master's in health education from HU in 2002.

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