Stanford Introduces Volunteer Assistant Wrestling Coach, Alex Coriano
Sept. 6, 2004
Stanford, Calif. - Coach Steve Buddie is happy to introduce the newest member of the Cardinal wrestling team, Alex Coriano. The former Purdue Boilermaker wrestling star has volunteered to assist the team this year as they prepare for a challenging season, with duals against powerhouses Iowa State and Michigan.Coriano was a high school star in Indiana, where he was the 1991 state runner-up for Morton Sr. High in Hammond, IN. He moved south for college, where he walked on to the Purdue University varsity wrestling team. After working hard during his redshirt freshman year, he went on to start all four years at 134 lbs and later 142 lbs. Coriano qualified for the NCAA tournament three times and captained the Purdue Boilermakers for two years. The single-season win record at Purdue still belongs to Coriano, who had 40 wins in 1996, tying him with teammate Tony Vaughn. He is also a three-time place winner at the Midlands tournament, where he ended Mike Shmidlan's all-time win record. Coriano graduated with a degree in Industrial Design in 1996.After college, Coriano found his roots in Puerto Rico where he won four PR National titles, earning his spot on the freestyle National Team. He had the privilege of representing Puerto Rico in numerous international competitions including the Pan American and Central American games, where he placed fourth and third respectively.Coriano now resides in Brisbane, California with soon to be wife Yanitxa and their three goldfish. He also works as a product designer with a focus in toy invention for IDEO, a Palo Alto-based design firm founded by Stanford graduates.