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Wrestling Program Adds Becker As Assistant Coach

August 28, 2006  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Former George Mason standout Robert Becker has joined the Flames' coaching staff.

Former George Mason standout Robert Becker has joined the Flames' coaching staff.

Liberty University head wrestling coach Jesse Castro has announced the addition of former George Mason standout Robert Becker to his coaching staff as an assistant coach.

"I have known Robert for 10 years now," commented Castro. "I know of few individuals that are so dedicated. He truly is a student of the sport." 

Becker, a native of Mickleton, N.J., comes to Liberty after wrapping up a successful, four-year career with the Patriots in 2004.  His 109-37 career record ranks fifth all-time in the program's history.

During his senior season, Becker compiled a 26-9 overall record, wrestling at 141 pounds, while going undefeated in total dual (7-0) and CAA dual (4-0) matches. He was ranked in the Top 20 nationally during his entire senior season in both the Intermat and Amateur Wrestling News polls.

Becker was a three-time team captain at George Mason and was named to the National Wrestling Coaches Association Academic All-American team in 2004. The 141-pound wrestler twice qualified for the national tournament and was a champion at the Las Vegas Invitational in 2003.

Castro is quite familiar with the Becker family as he coached Robert's brother Brandon, a two-time All-American at Indiana, during his high school career.

"The Becker family has been a special friendship for my family and me," added Castro. "Having Robert come to Lynchburg will be a great opportunity for our program as he will bring his competitive experience as well as coaching experience." 

Becker is active in his hometown community as he founded "Team Excel," a prominent wrestling club in southern New Jersey dedicated to helping train high school student-athletes in the sport.

Becker is currently working for Independence Planning Group, a financial planning firm based out of Blue Bell, Pa., under former Liberty University wrestling graduate, Bill Scanlon (1989). Becker will be working toward a master's degree in business administration in Liberty's graduate program.