August 17, 2011
For Immediate Release
Fort Wayne, IN – The Indiana Tech wrestling program has named Thomas Pompei the graduate assistant coach. A native of Fishers, Indiana, Thomas graduated from Hamilton Southeastern High School in 2006. He was a 2-time conference, sectional, and regional champion and was 6th in the state at 125lbs in 2006.
“I am very excited for this opportunity I have to coach here at Indiana Tech,” said Pompei. “This is a great campus and Coach Ester has brought in a great inaugural recruiting class. I am excited to work with this team and help them reach the level of success they are capable of reaching.”
After graduating he perused wrestling at the collegiate level for Trine University, where he wrestled under Coach Ester. During his college career he was a four time varsity starter and letter winner (133/141) and was ranked 10th in the country at 141 lbs. his senior year. Thomas was a MIAA Conference Champion and NCAA Midwest Regional Runner-Up while wrestling for the Thunder, along with earning Academic All-American status.
Last year, Thomas was the assistant coach at Prairie Heights High School (Lagrange, Indiana), where he helped coach the panthers to a conference and sectional team championship. Thomas also helped coach two panther wrestlers to earn All-State Honors.
From 2007-2011, Thomas has helped out through the Indiana State Wrestling Association by volunteering to help coach for Team Indiana on national wrestling trips across the country. He has been a part of the coaching staff for the Indiana Folkstyle, Freestyle, and Greco-Roman Cadet/Junior National Teams.
Head Coach Mike Ester Says: “Thomas is going to be a tremendous asset to the Warrior wrestling program on the mat and as a mentor to our young guys. I had the privilege to spend four years coaching him through his college career and know exactly what he brings to the table. We are fortunate to have him in the building process of this program”
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