Alex Tirapelle, NCAA All-American wrestler at the University of Illinois, is returning to his native California to join the coaching staff at Stanford University.
Tirapelle joins the Cardinal after spending two seasons as an assistant at UC Davis. Prior to working with the Aggies, he spent seven years at Illinois as a student-athlete, graduate student and member of the academic advising staff.
The Clovis High School standout (a three-time California state champ) was a two-time NCAA Division I All-American for the Fighting Illini, captured two Big Ten titles and was named Big Ten Wrestler of the Year in 2004. As a freshman in 2003, Tirapelle finished as the national runner-up and earned Illinois Freshman Male Athlete of the Year honors in the process. Tirapelle finished his career as the all-time wins leader with 128, while ranking second with an .877 winning percentage.
“I am very excited to welcome Alex to our coaching staff and to the Stanford wrestling family,” said Cardinal head wrestling coach Jason Borrelli. “There was a very large interest in the position, but it was very clear that Alex was the perfect fit for us. Growing up in a wrestling family, Alex brings a lifetime of wrestling experience and knowledge to our program, and will be a huge asset from a technical standpoint as well.”
“Additionally, his connections within the state of California are invaluable as we work to build the best wrestling program in the nation with California high school wrestlers,” said Borrelli.
Alex Tirapelle hails from a wrestling family with deep roots in the Golden State. His father Stephen was a Division II All-American and head coach at Clovis High, his older brother Adam won the 2001 NCAA title at 149 pounds, and his younger brother Troy was a national qualifier and Big Ten runner-up in 2006.
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