Jason Borrelli and Matt Ellis Named to Stanford Wrestling Staff
July 18, 2007
Stanford, Calif. - Stanford Head Wrestling Coach Kerry McCoy has announced the addition of two new assistant coaches to the Cardinal wrestling staff. Jason Borrelli (Central Michigan '06) and Matt Ellis (Oregon State '05) will join McCoy and Volunteer Assistant Coach Matt Gentry for the 2007-08 season.
'I am very excited to have these guys join us. They both bring a lot to the program. They are both committed to helping Stanford Wrestling reach it full potential. Jason will focus primarily on the light weights and Matt will be helping with the upper weights. It's going to be a lot of fun. '
Borrelli comes to the Farm from Central Michigan University, where he served as an Assistant Coach last season and ran a youth wrestling club. In his first year on the staff, he helped the Chippewas to their ninth consecutive Mid-American Conference Championship. The squad finished the season ranked fifth in the final dual meet rankings and finished 15th at the NCAA Championships in Detroit, Mich. Borrelli also helped guide three CMU wrestlers to All-American honors during the 2006-07 season.
A Mt. Pleasant, Mich. native, Borrelli was a two-time Michigan State Champion in high school before beginning his career at Central Michigan in 2001. A four-year starter at 125 and 133 pounds, he was part of five consecutive team Mid-American Conference (MAC) championships. As a junior in 2005, he captured the 133-pound MAC title. Borrelli qualified for the NCAA Championships at 133 pounds twice, in 2005 and 2006, and captained the Chippewa team as a senior. A four-year NWCA All-Academic selection, Borrelli graduated from Central Michigan in December 2005 with a degree in Business Administration.
Ellis, a native of Prosser, Wash., has spent the last two seasons on the University of the Cumberlands wrestling staff in Williamsburg, Ky. As the program's top assistant, Ellis helped lead the Patriots to a pair of top-five finishes at NAIA Nationals. During his time with the program, he coached 11 All-Americans, three NAIA National Champions, and six national finalists.
Ellis, a two-time Washington State Champion and three-time state finalist, began his collegiate career at Oklahoma State, but transferred to Oregon State in 2002. In his first season with the Beavers, Ellis earned a No. 18 national ranking, placed third in the Pac-10 at 165 pounds and qualified for the NCAA Championships. He went on to earn three top-three finished in the Pac-10, and won the 165-pound title in 2004. A three-time NCAA qualifer, Ellis captained the squad during his junior and senior seasons and was ranked as high as tenth nationally prior to his senior season. Ellis graduated from Oregon State in 2005 with a degree in Liberal Studies with a History emphasis. He earned his Master's Degree in Teaching at University of the Cumberlands in 2007.