NEW YORK – Former All-Ivy performer Zack Shanaman has joined the Columbia Wrestling program as a volunteer assistant, announced by the Andrew F. Barth Head Coach of Wrestling Zach Tanelli.
"Zack is a great addition to the Columbia staff and we are excited to have him join us," said Tanelli. "Having excelled at both the Ivy and NCAA level, Zack brings experience that will easily translate and resonate within our team. He has been instrumental in developing student-athletes at all levels of wrestling, including All-Americans Jordan Blanton and Conrad Polz during his time at the University of Illinois. He will make an immediate impact across the board that will put us in a place to accomplish our team and individual goals."
Shanaman returns to the East Coast, having spent the last two seasons as an assistant coach at Poway High School in California. Along with being involved with all the aspects of the wrestling program at Poway, Shanaman coached and trained youth wrestlers for the Poway Elite Youth Wrestling Club.
From 2011-2013, Shanaman was a resident athlete and coach at the Illinois Regional Training Center in Champaign, Illinois. While working with senior level wrestlers and student-athletes at the University of Illinois, he also helped get them prepared for national and international competition.
A 2009 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in Philosophy, Political Science and Economics, Shanaman was a standout 165-pounder for the Quakers. In 2008, he won a trio of matches at the NCAA Championships, qualifying after a second place finish at the EIWA Championships. Shanaman was a first team All-Ivy League selection at 165 pounds in the 2006-07 and 2007-08 seasons.
Shanaman got his start in coaching at LaSalle College High School in Wyndmoor, Pennsylvania, helping out as an assistant coach from 2005-06. At Penn, Shanaman was an Assistant Camp Director during the Penn Wrestling camps, spending time counseling, training, and planning activities for 500 campers during the summer.