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Castro Announces Wrestling Assistants
Liberty head wrestling coach Jesse Castro has announced the hiring of Pat Sole and Paul Anthony as assistant coaches.
On February 24, 2005, the Athletic Department announced the reinstatement of the wrestling program after an 11-year hiatus as Liberty sponsored the sport from 1974 to 1994. The wrestling program, which will begin competition in the fall of 2006, will be Liberty's 18th NCAA Division I program.
"We are excited to have Pat and Paul join our staff," stated Castro. "Between the two of them, they bring over 40 years of coaching experience. They are a great fit for the program as well as Liberty University."
"Paul has great contacts in Virginia and Pat in West Virginia as well as Ohio. I am confident they will be tremendous contributors to the overall vision of our program."
Sole, 1983 Liberty University graduate, returns to his alma mater after 18 years as a wrestling coach at Parkersburg South High School in Parkersburg, W.Va. A graduate of the prep-school, Sole helped guided his alma mater to 10 state championships and three state championship runner-ups. He also had five nationally ranked teams. Individually, he coached seven high school All-Americans. 11 wrestlers from his program went to participate in NCAA Division I programs and two wrestled at NAIA programs.
As a competitor, Sole was a high school All-American at Parkersburg South capturing the state title twice and finishing as the runner-up once. He was the 1978 Junior World Champion and a member of the 1978 United States Junior team, while placing four times nationally in Freestyle and Greco wrestling. Under coach Bob Bonheim at Liberty, Sole was a National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA ) All-American, a 1980 Olympic Trials regional champion and a 1980 Olympic National Trials final place winner, which qualified him as an alternate for the 1980 Olympic team. He also served as the Flames team captain in his junior and senior seasons. Sole and his wife Vickie have two sons, Dustin and Cody.
Anthony comes to Liberty from Brookville High School in Lynchburg, where he has served as the head wrestling coach and a physical education instructor for the past 16 years. During his time at Brookville, Anthony compiled a dual meet record of 202-42-1, while capturing 16 district championships, three region titles and 12 top ten finishes at the state championships. Individually, he coached eight individual state champions, 46 state place winners, 32 regional champions and 96 district champions.
Anthony has also coached at the collegiate level as a graduate assistant at Virginia Tech and at Chowan College in Murfreesboro, N.C., where he led the Braves to a 25-5 record and had three All-Americans. As a high school competitor, he won a Virginia state championship and was a two-year letter winner at Virginia Tech. He and his wife Sherry have three children, Matt, Daniel and Diana.