Diaz Named YC Wrestling Head Coach


Ramon DiazRamon Diaz has accepted the position of head coach for the York College Wrestling program. Diaz is coming to York from an assistant coaching position with the Concordia University wrestling program. He will replace Greg Smith, who has chosen to step down and pursue his personal educational goals. Smith recommended Diaz as his replacement and will serve as an assistant for the new head coach.

Diaz was a high school All-American in 1986, finished third in the 1994 World Trials in Greco-Roman wrestling and was a 2008 US Veterans National Champion in freestyle. He is a graduate of California State University-Fullerton who has enjoyed a successful career in sales. Diaz came to Concordia University in fall 2009 to pursue graduate education and work as their wrestling assistant coach. He and Coach Smith became acquainted during competitions, leading Smith to recommend Diaz as his successor.

"Ramon is very clearly a man of faith," said YC athletic director Jared Stark. "You know that the minute you meet him and he shares his passion for the Lord.  He's also a man of the wrestling mat. He is accomplished and knowledgeable and desires to use the avenue of collegiate wrestling to mentor college students.  In addition, we get to keep Coach Smith, who has made so many contributions to York College and our Athletic Department on our staff.  I truly believe York College Wrestling has an extremely bright future."

When asked about his coming, Diaz said, “I am excited to make this move to York. I have been amazed by Coach Smith’s humility and leadership throughout this process. More than anything else, I am looking forward to coaching young men and helping to become champions in life and faith and in the sport of wrestling.”

In addition to his business and wrestling credentials, Diaz has served in various ministries to children and young adults, much of it focused on coaching and mentoring young wrestlers. He and his wife, Maureen, have two children.

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