Sacred Heart University second-year head wrestling coach John Clark announced the addition of Braden Atwood as the Pioneers assistant coach. Atwood will assist in the day-to-day operations of the program, and will aid in practice planning and coaching and recruiting.
"Braden is an important addition to our program," said Clark. "He has coached at the top levels of collegiate wrestling and has competed there as well, making him a valuable asset for our student-athletes. I am excited to bring a coach of his caliber to SHU and look forward to working with him in the coming years."
Atwood spent the 2017-18 season as a volunteer assistant at Army West Point, helping the Black Knights to an eighth-place finish at the EIWA Championships. Army qualified three wrestlers for the NCAA Championship in 2018. With the Black Knights Atwood assisted with on-campus recruiting, individual sessions with upper weights nad the day-to-day operations of the program.
Prior to his time at Army, Atwood spent two seasons at the University of North Carolina, as a volunteer assistant coach. He worked with four NCAA qualifiers during his time at the with the Tar Heels, two in each of his seasons.
Atwood wrestled collegiately at Purdue University, qualifying for the NCAA Tournament and placing at Big Ten Championships in each of his four seasons. He won 91 times as a Boilermaker, ranking 19th in program history, and is tied for fourth with 31 career pins. Atwood went 27-12, with an 11-3 dual record, during his 2013-14 campaign. A three-time captain, he earned his degree in building construction management.