Head wrestling coach Keith Gavin announced a promotion on Wednesday. Jordan Leen will now assume the role of Associate head coach. Previously an assistant, this promotion reflects Leen’s contributions and importance to the program.
“This is an important move,” Gavin said. “Jordan’s new title is more representative of his responsibilities within our program. He is a valued member of our staff and I know that he is eager to continue to build this team.”
Prior to Pitt, Leen worked with Gavin at Virginia, where he coached for 6 years. He was an NCAA champion for Cornell in 2008 at 157 pounds.
“I’m grateful to Heather Lyke, Jen Tuscano, and Keith Gavin for this promotion to associate head coach,” Leen said. “I’m proud of the strong foundation that is being established in the Pitt wrestling program. I believe in the current student-athletes we have in our room, as well as those who are committed to joining us in the future. I look forward to experiencing great years ahead.”
During his college coaching career, Leen has developed a reputation as an outstanding recruiter. He is the main reason UVA recruited the WPIAL so well. Micky Phillippi (Derry), Sam Krivus (Hempfield), and Cameron Coy (Penn Trafford) all committed to UVA under Leen’s tenure. Closing down the WPIAL borders is one of the main reasons Gavin brought Leen with him to Pitt. And it is already paying dividends.
Luke Kemerer (Hempfield) and Louis Newell (Seneca Valley) are both major components to Pitt’s 2022 class. Cole Matthews (Reynolds) is Pitt’s biggest piece in the class, and although outside the WPIAL, is certainly a Western Pennsylvania native. Regarding next year’s efforts, Ryan Sullivan (Shaler) is one of the highest ranked wrestlers in the country from District VII, and he is heading to Pitt after completing his senior season.
The Panthers’ annual Blue-Gold match is scheduled for November 2nd. The first official competition is November 3rd at the Clarion Open.