St. Cloud State names Steve Constanzo
as new wrestling coach
Led Dana College to 2006 NAIA
May 18, 2006
St. Cloud, Minn. - St.
Cloud State University Athletics Director Dr. Morris Kurtz has
announced that Steve Costanzo has been named as head wrestling coach
and assistant strength and conditioning coordinator for the University.
He becomes the 13th coach in the history of the SCSU wrestling program,
which dates back to 1949-50. Constanzo replaces Steve Grimit, who will
continue to serve as an assistant football coach at the University
after leading the Husky wrestling program from 1993 to 2006.
"We are very excited
that Steve (Costanzo) will be taking over as our new wrestling coach,"
Kurtz said. "His record at Dana College has
been very impressive and given his experience, knowledge and energy, we
feel he is a perfect match for St. Cloud State. He is a man of
integrity who is committed to having his student-athletes excel
academically and athletically."
Costanzo comes to St. Cloud State from Dana College, where he has
served as the head wrestling coach since 2000. He led Dana to a NAIA
national team championship in 2006 (with a tourney record 193 points)
and he has coached 31 NAIA All-Americans since 2000. His squads at Dana
won Great Plains Athletic Conference titles in 2003, 2004, 2005 and
2006, and they won regional championships in 2001, 2002, 2005 and 2006.
He was recognized by Wrestling USA magazine as having the best
recruiting class among non-NCAA Division I programs in 2005, and
Costanzo led Dana to a first place finish at the NWCA National Dual
Team championships in 2006. His career record at Dana is 61-30-2, which
includes top 10 finishes at the NAIA championships in 2004, 2005 and
Costanzo received the NWCA and NAIA Coach of the Year awards in 2006,
and gained NAIA Regional Coach of the Year accolades in 2005 and 2006.
He has coached 74 national qualifiers at Dana, and two of those
athletes went on to win NAIA national championships. In 2005, Costanzo
served as the NWCA All-Star team coach.
A 1996 graduate of University of Nebraska-Omaha, Constanzo was a
three-time All-America wrestler for the Mavericks from 1993-95. He was
inducted into the Nebraska Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2006, and he still
ranks fourth on UNO's all-time wrestling win list with 133 victories as
a collegiate wrestler. In 1994 and 1995, Constanzo earned NCC champion
honors and he served as a team captain at UNO in 1995. Constanzo was
named the Nebraska Collegiate Wrestler of the Year in 1994.
"As a former North Central Conference student-athlete, I am really
looking forward to being part of St. Cloud State's program and the
nation's elite NCAA Division II wrestling conference. SCSU has
tremendous facilities, the educational aspects of the University are
outstanding and there is great support for the program from alumni and
administration," Costanzo said.
"Minnesota is also one of the premiere wrestling states in the nation,
and with St. Cloud State's location, I believe there is great potential
for the program's success."
Prior to his move to Dana College, Costanzo served as a high school
head wrestling coach and assistant football coach in Estes Park, Colo.
In addition to his coaching duties at Dana, Costanzo served as the
school's assistant athletic director and athletic recruiting