|Title:||Volunteer Assistant Coach|
A three-time All-American at the University of Michigan, Jeff Catrabone begins his eighth season as a UB assistant wrestling coach.
“Jeff brings a wealth of experience in the sport of wrestling,” head coach Jim Beichner said. “All I see is positives with him joining our team. I think he is going to do a great job for us.”
Catrabone came to Buffalo after five seasons as head coach at Erie (PA) Cathedral Prep, where he coached five District-10 final teams, four state placewinners and an All-American.
Catrabone finished his collegiate career, 160-27, earning a seventh-place NCAA finish in 1996 and third-place finishes in 1997 and 1998. He was also a three-time Big Ten finalist and holds the Michigan school record for all-time pins with 55.
After graduating with a degree in sports management and communications in 1998, Catrabone moved to Erie to become the manager of Braendel Painting and Services. In 2000, Catrabone was named the head coach of Cathedral Prep and he has successfully guided the Ramblers to a 65-20 dual meet record in five seasons.
“He is dedicated to the sport,” Beichner said. “He has a lot of experience on the mats with young kids. He is a positive influence and has an upbeat attitude. He is a good technician and is very good at organizing, which is seen through his recruiting skills.”
In his own prep career at Harborcreek High School, Catrabone earned two Pennsylvania state crowns, finishing 145-12 with 98 falls before graduating in 1993.
He also is the owner and president of The Pennsylvania Wrestling News, one of the most prestigious prep high school wrestling journals in the country.
Catrabone lives in East Amherst with his wife, Amy, his sons, Cameron and Tanner, and his daughters Aria and Railee.