PISCATAWAY, N.J. - Former Rutgers wrestling coach John Sacchi has been named an honorary lifetime member of the National Wrestling Coaches Association by a unanimous vote of its board members. Sacchi achieved an astonishing 447-162-9 career record mentoring on the mat, making him the second winningest coach in college wrestling at any level with regard to dual victories.
"John Sacchi is one of the most enjoyable coaches to have been around," said NWCA President Ron Mirikitani. "He has over 40 years of coaching expertise and has been successful at both the NCAA and NJCAA levels."
The Ithaca, N.Y. native announced his retirement this past May. He coached for 41 years, including the last 17 at the helm of the Scarlet Knights program. He became the most winning coach in Rutgers history with his 159th career win, a 36-13 victory over Franklin & Marshall on Jan. 6, 2007. Sacchi closed out his career in Piscataway with a 167-102-5 record (a winning percentage of .619).
Sacchi's coaching success was not confined to the banks of the Raritan. He took his first and only Division I head coaching job at Rutgers in May of 1990 after 24 highly-successful years at Middlesex County College. At MCC, he became the second all-time winningest junior college coach in the nation with a record of 280-59-4.
Sacchi is slated to be inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in Stillwater, Okla. this September. The enshrinement will place him among the most well-known and greatly-respected names in the wrestling community, including Bruce Baumgartner, Dan Gable, Wayen Wells, Ben Peterson and Myron Roderick.