Recco Named Brockport State Head Wrestling Coach
September 19, 2022


SUNY Brockport Athletic Director Erick Hart announced the hiring of Sam Recco as the new head wrestling coach on Monday. Recco will be responsible for all aspects of Brockport's nationally recognized wrestling program, and he will also serve as an Area Coordinator in Brockport's Residential Life/Learning Communities.

"We're excited to welcome Sam Recco as the new head coach of our wrestling program," said Erick Hart. "He's an accomplished college wrestler, a rising star in the profession, and he will be an excellent addition to our entire campus community. "

Recco, originally from Lyndonville, NY, spent the last year as an assistant coach at his alma mater of Edinboro University (Division I wrestling) where he helped guide 141-pounder Gabe Willochell to an NCAA Championship appearance. He also led multiple student-athletes to podium finishes at the MAC Conference Championships.

"Brockport has such a storied history in wrestling & I'm honored to be the next coach in charge of making sure that that trend continues," said Sam Recco. "The Golden Eagle wrestlers are in good hands. I can't wait to get started & representing the green & gold on & off the mat!"

From 2019-2021 he was an assistant coach for men's and women's wrestling at Lincoln College where he gained valuable experience in building their women's program from the ground up. While at Lincoln, he helped coach an NAIA National qualifier and multiple conference place winners. Prior to his time at Lincoln, he was an assistant coach at General McLane High School where he mentored multiple Pennsylvania State qualifiers and podium finishers.

He's a 2017 graduate of Edinboro where he earned a bachelor's degree in Exercise Science and a minor in Athletic Coaching. Recco played a key role on some of the best wrestling teams in program history, helping the Fighting Scots to two top five team finishes at the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships, including a third place finish in 2015.

He was also an accomplished wrestler in high school winning the 120lb New York State Championship in 2012. He placed sixth at states in 2011 and he was a two-time Section V Champion.

"I'm absolutely thrilled to be taking over the Golden Eagles wrestling program. It feels like a dream come true," said Recco. "Being back in New York State & coaching in my hometown area (Section V) means so much to my family, my friends and I."

Recco will graduate with his master's in business administration (MBA) from PennWest University in December 2022.